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Madagascar opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has unilaterally declared himself president as mobs backing him forced out the constitutionally-elected president Marc Ravalomanana,..and the FJKM leader urges military not to kill..
 
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March 18, 2009

Job 1:1 Many years ago, a man named Job lived in the land of Uz. He was a truly good person, who respected God and refused to do evil.

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Madagascar opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has unilaterally declared himself president as mobs backing him forced out the constitutionally-elected president Marc Ravalomanana. This came a day after the legal head of state, whose constitutional term ended in 2011, offered a referendum on his rule as solution to the country's political crisis. Rajoelina rejected this democratic olive branch.

Earlier, the African Union had warned against a coup d'Etat in the country but obviously their call went unheeded.

Madagascar: Church leader calls on Christians in military not to kill
>World Alliance of Reformed Churches>News Release>17 March 2009
Madagascar: Church leader calls on Christians in military not to kill

The leader of the largest Protestant church in Madagascar has
issued an appeal to Christian soldiers in the military not to
commit murder. In a message broadcast repeatedly this morning on
the radio station of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar,
Rev. Lala Rasendrahasina is calling on Christians in the military
not to commit violence.

Speaking by telephone from Antananarivo, Rasendrahasina reports,
“I have asked Christians in the military to remember they are
baptised and that they are not supposed to murder nor to accept
orders from superiors to kill.”

The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, a member church of the
World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), is involved in an
initiative by the Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar to
mediate a peaceful resolution to the violent political crisis
which has caused at least 135 deaths since a dispute over
democratic reform broke out in late January. The United Nations
has been facilitating planning for the church-brokered meeting of
all political parties and civil society.

The Christian Council of Churches will meet this afternoon in
the midst of what is now being called a coup d’état, in order to
arrange a date and a list of participants for the national
conference. Attempts to organize a meeting on 12 March failed
because of concern expressed by the opposition group that the
proposed list of participants included too many government
supporters.

Rasendrahasina says the situation for church people is very
tense. He has received two threats that his home will be “burned
out”. He and other pastors have hired security guards. Tensions
are exacerbated by the prominent role of President Ravalomanana
in the Church of Christ in Madagascar where he serves as its lay
vice-president.

Violence broke out on January 26 when the former mayor of
Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, called a demonstration to protest
the government’s closure of a private radio station that had been
campaigning for democratic reform. Although the radio station has
since reopened, violent confrontations between Rajoelina’s
supporters and those of President Marc Ravalomanana continue.

“We recognize the extraordinarily complex situation in which the
church finds itself at this time in the country’s history,” says
WARC’s world president, Clifton Kirkpatrick. “We are keeping the
country and its churches in our prayers. We deeply regret the
loss of life in this conflict, the destruction of property and
the fear with which people are living. We pray that political and
church leaders will agree to seek a peaceful resolution to their
disagreements. “