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Madagascar's strongman transition President Andry Rajoelina signed a deal Friday with 99 political parties to break a political deadlock since he seized power in a coup in Feb 2009 last year, an AFP correspondent reported.
 
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August 15, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Antananarivo - Madagascar's strongman Andry Rajoelina inked a deal Friday with 99 parties to break a political deadlock since he seized power in a coup last year, an AFP correspondent reported.

The accord calls on its signatories to "work together and pool their efforts in the search for a solution to end the crisis."

The Indian Ocean island has been mired in political crisis since Rajoelina's power grab in May 2009. International efforts to put an end to the turmoil have so far been fruitless.

The accord calls for a constitutional referendum to be held on November 17, parliamentary elections in March next year and a first round of presidential polls in May 2010. - Sapa-AFP