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Antananarivo, Madagascar – (African Boulevard News) – Amid a political crisis that has gripped Madagascar for weeks, the speaker of the country’s lower house of parliament, Christine Razanamahasoa, has called for the suspension of the upcoming presidential election scheduled in november. 16.
Razanamahasoa, who heads a mediation group tasked with finding a solution to the crisis, expressed his concerns on Thursday (November 9), saying the current situation in the country does not allow for a fair and transparent electoral process. She stressed the need for a peaceful and inclusive solution that reflects the will of the people.
Madagascar has been plagued by political instability and protests since the candidacy of Andry Rajoelina, former president, was rejected by the electoral court. Rajoelina, along with another former president, Marc Ravalomanana, led competing factions into political impasse, each claiming victory in the disputed first round of the presidential election.
Razanamahasoa’s call to suspend the elections has sparked new concerns about the future of democracy in the country. The international community is closely monitoring the situation and urges all parties to find a peaceful solution. The African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have both expressed concerns and called for dialogue.
In a statement, the African Union stressed the importance of respecting the rule of law and democratic principles, while urging all actors to prioritize the interests of the nation over individual ambitions.
SADC, for its part, stressed the need for a peaceful and inclusive political solution that would restore stability and allow the country to move forward. They called on all political leaders to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement.
Madagascar, a country known for its unique biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes, has seen its political stability undermined by recurring crises and power struggles. The upcoming presidential election is seen as a crucial step towards consolidating democracy and promoting national unity. However, given the growing tensions and uncertainties, the future of the elections remains uncertain.
Although Razanamahasoa’s call to suspend elections has added another layer of complexity to the crisis, it highlights the urgent need for a peaceful resolution that restores confidence in the democratic process. The Malagasy people deserve a government that represents their interests and works for national development.
As the country navigates this difficult time, it is crucial that all stakeholders engage in constructive dialogue and find common ground. Only by prioritizing the interests of the nation can Madagascar overcome its political impasse and lay the foundations for a better future.