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Rajoelina rejects call for Ravalomanana’s return

Madagascar coup leader Andry Rajoelina and the military brass who seized power more than two years ago...

Marc Ravalomanana  (L) and Andry Rajoelina. Picture: AFP

Madagascar coup leader Andry Rajoelina and the military brass who seized power more than two years ago have rejected last weekend's call by regional heads of government to allow deposed president Mark Ravalomanana to return.

They say they are moving to elections even if they do not get foreign financial help. Rajoelina says there is no amnesty for what he calls the blood crimes that Ravalomanana has been convicted of in absentia. The international community does not recognise the legal procedure that found the exiled leader guilty of ordering the killing of protestors before his departure in March 2009.

Madagascar's army and paramilitary police and police say Ravalomanana's return would cause unrest.

The intransigence of those holding reins in Antananarivo will prolong the isolation of the Indian Ocean island state that includes suspension from Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the African Union (AU) and the organisation of French speaking states known as the Francophonie.