Rajoelina wants end to crisis

2010-04-15 10:26

Antananarivo - Madagascar's de facto president Andry Rajoelina said on Wednesday he was ready to implement a new plan proposed by France and South Africa to end the country's 13-month political crisis.

"I received a road map drawn up by France, South Africa and the SADC (Southern African Development Community) and I am ready to implement it," Rajoelina said in a televised interview.

Last month, French State Secretary for Co-operation Alain Joyandet presented Madagascar authorities the framework seeking to set up a unity government to resolve the Indian Ocean Island’s crisis.

Rajoelina said on Wednesday he had written to French President Nicolas Sarkozy explaining that he had agreed to the plan.

Madagascar's strongman also said he was ready to work with Marc Ravalomanana - the president he toppled in March 2009 with the help of the army.

"If a signature is necessary to confirm Ravalomanana's party inclusion in this union government then we can accept it," he added.

The remarks about working with Ravalomanana were the first since Rajoelina spurned an internationally-mediated power-sharing agreement with political rivals last year.

The union government would also include two other former presidents.

On Monday, Madagascar's security forces gave Rajoelina up to the end of April to draw up a plan to end the political turmoil since he seized power.