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Chaos or New era of hope for Madagascar as J Sylla the former PM joins ex-disc jockey Rajeolina to force the resignation of democratically elected millionnaire President M Ravalomanana...1Ki 3:14 If you obey me and follow my commands, as your father David did, I'll let you live a long time.
 
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March 15, 2009

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Africa and India times Source.UNE ÈRE NOUVELLE OU LE CHAOS ?
RÉPONSE DE MARC RAVALOMANANA :
IL NE DÉMISSIONNERA PAS
Ce samedi 14 mars sera à marquer dans l'histoire de Madagascar, car on saura
ce jour si notre pays abordera une nouvelle ère ou restera dans le chaos de cette crise politique.En effet, sur la Place du 13 Mai, un front uni contre le régime en place s'est montrée à la population avec le Président de l'Assemblée Nationale
Jacques Sylla et Andry Rajoelina.
Tandis qu'à Iavoloha, la défense pour Marc Ravalomanana s'organise avec la présence d'une foule dense et compacte mais néanmoins très inquiète.Un ultimatum de 4 heures a été donnée pour que Marc Ravalomanana présente au
peuple sa démission, faute de quoi, le bras de fer entre les deux camps continuerait.
Quelle fût la surprise de la foule de la Place du 13 Mai en voyant Jacques Sylla
aux côtés d'Andry Rajoelina et des membres de la Haute Autorité à la Transition.Dans son discours, il est revenu sur le cheminement des négociations tout au long de cette crise politique.
Jacques Hugues Sylla (born 1946) is the President of the National Assembly of
Madagascar, having served since October 2007. He also served as the PM.
Madagascar's president says not resigning
14 Mar 2009, 2132 hrs
ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar's isolated president resisted demands to quit on
Saturday and denied opposition claims that it was in control of the government. Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina had given President Marc Ravalomanana four hours to dissolve the government and give up the leadership of this poor Indian Ocean island of 20 million people. The opposition moved without resistance into the offices of the prime minister and proclaimed its own premier on Saturday. ``There is only one solution. The resignation of Marc Ravalomanana,'' Rajoelina told a crowd of about 10,000 jubilant demonstrators.
But Ravalomanana, who has repeatedly waged and won power struggles with
opponents, remained defiant even though he no longer has much evident support from the military. He issued a statement saying that the opposition did not have ``the power bestowed by democratic elections.'' ``This movement is and remains a street protest which uses terror and repression to survive. A self-proclamation does not equate to legitimate power.'' He said he continued to recognize his own prime minister and not the opposition's choice. Rajoelina said earlier he hoped the handover would be peaceful, seeking to ease the president's fears that he would be assassinated. ``I have clean hands. I have no intention of killing him (Ravalomanana). I have no intention of sending in tanks and soldiers,'' said Rajoelina who appeared for the first time since going into hiding two weeks ago to evade arrest. Opposition supporters with a military escort entered the existing prime minister's office Saturday without meeting any resistance and proclaimed Monja Roindefo Zafitsimivalo as the new premier.They proclaimed that the ``high authority of transition'' presided over by Rajoelina would ``assume the functions of the president of the republic.'' They said they would hold new elections within two years. It is the second time Rajoelina, a former disc jockey who became mayor of the capital, has declared himself president. The first time Ravalomanana prevailed, but now his power base has completely disappeared. The opposition on Thursday proclaimed its own commander in chief of the armed forces without any resistance, and Friday said it gained control of tanks, prompting the president to go on national radio to warn against any assassination attempts.
At Saturday's rally, the head of the national assembly who was formerly a close ally of Ravalomanana also called on the president to quit. ``There is only one solution, the resignation of the head of state,'' said Jacques Sylla. ``As president of the national assembly, I have to recognize reality.''
Rajoelina was dismissed as mayor earlier this year in a power struggle with Ravalomanana. He accuses the president of misuse of funds and worsening the poverty on the Indian Ocean island nation. In a resolution read out in the prime
minister's office on Saturday, his movement said that the transitional government would ``immediately start executing its functions.'' It said it would organize consultations for a new constitution and new electoral code and organize new presidential and parliamentary elections within two years. It would petition the constitutional court to announce the dismissal of the president and parliament and to declare that the responsibilities of the president would be assumed by the high transitional authority. ``The president of the republic can no longer exercise the functions given to him by the constitution. The president can no longer assure the unity of the armed forces and can no longer be considered as commander in chief of the armed forces,'' it said. ``The public authority is incapable of protecting the population and its property. National sovereignty is menaced.''