Elections within a year
A breakthrough has been reached in the deadlock between Madagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina and the international community.
President Rajoelina has signed a political roadmap that will allow his opponent and former president Marc Ravalomanana to return to the country and elections to take place within a year.
The accord was brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and allows for Andry Rajoelina to be recognised as president. It also allows for an early amnesty law to be passed by a transitional administration which will allow the former president to return without being arrested.
The then President Marc Ravalomanana was overthrown by Andry Rajoelina in 2009 and the ensuing stalemate with the international community and sanctions by the African Union has seen the country go into economic decline ever since.
Whilst the roadmap has been signed, sanctions and embargos which will release hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen assets has not yet been agreed.