Saturday January 31st, 2009 10.00am Madagascar time, I was in a cyber-café in Analakely, just behind the place of May 13th, I heard screams. I immediately said to myself “Damn! It’s starting!”. I run out and joined the place of May 13th. I saw some young over-excited guys who stoned police officers and started to put blockades on the streets. They used big stones for that.
Finally, when the police officers decided to withraw themselves from the place of May 13th, but staid around.
While waiting for Andry “TGV” Rajoelina, there were several aniamtions led by Sareraka, a anarchist singer.
Most of the political leaders from the opposition came, as well as some members of the parliement.
At exactly 11.20am Madagascar time, Andry “TGV” Rajoelina came.
The famous “General Dollin” (the one who is subject to a warrant for arrest) was the first speaker: He said that Marc Ravalomanana should be more respectful towards him because he has done a lot of good actions for Madagascar. He also said that he was among the high officers who put Marc Ravalomanana in power on 2002, and now he is going to all of his best to throw him out.
After him, the platform of the opposition came on stage, represented by its 02 leaders: Laurent Ramaroson and Lahiniriko Jean.
Finally, the mayor, Andry “TGV” Rajoelina took the floor. In teh beginning of his speech, he said that despite all of the efforts made by the FFKM (association of the 04 leading christian beliefs in Madagascar) and the ambassadors (especially the USA and Germany), he DEFINITELY refuses to negotiate with the president.
He formally asked for the impeachment of Marc ravalomanana as a president of the Republic. For this purpose, he will submitt this request before the 02 houses of the parliament: the national assembly and the senate.
He asked a lawyer ( a former judge) to tell to the people all the breaches to the constitution that Marc Ravalomanana has done.
After, Andry Rajoelina asked the donors and the partners of Madagascar not to condone anymore the actions of the current governement and the president.
He said that starting from now, he will be in charge of the current operations of his new governement: a governement of transition.
He said that this governement of transition is needed to change the constitution. He said that the current constitution (revised constitution of 2007) is not anymore valid and in force because it has been too much “violated” by the Marc Ravalomanana.
He said that he is still working on the establishment of such governement.
He asks all the employees of state institutions to cease their works. If they do not follow this order, they will be punsihed (…)
He finally declared that because the governement of transition is not fully established, all public as well as private offices have to remain closed. The general strike keeps on then on Monday till further notice.