Today is the day where the negotiations between Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana start
Requested by the international community, the Army, the FFKM (association of Christian churches in Madagascar) and the so-called “silent majority”, the former Mayor of Antananarivo city Andry Rajoelina and the current president of the republic Marc Ravalomanana have finally accepted to negociate.
Last Saturday, the “great march” that the protesters planned to do, was cancelled. The reason is that both Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina have finally accepted the proposal from the FFKM to meet each other. They met in the afternoon (last saturday) in Antanimena (downtown of Antananarivo) at the premises of the Catholic episcopate. After their face to face (in which journalists were not invited), both parties have agreed to start the formal negotiations today in a place named “Le Hintsy” (suburb of Antananarivo). They also decided as preliminary conditions to such negotiations that:
– the rally in “place du 13 mai” has to be suspended;
– the political arrests have to cease;
– the destruction of public and private infrastructures has to cease;
– the medias of both parties have to stop incitement (provocation) and spreading wrong information.
Such conditions were duly respected on yesterday and today. These two days were unusually quiet for most of Malagasy people.
Andry Rajoelina promised that he would convey all the people’s claims to the president’s attention.
Marc Ravaloamanana declared that he was ready to listen and to talk to “anyone”.
At the time I’m typing this post, I don’t have yet clear and concise feed-back about today’s meeting which is under the guardianship of the FFKM.