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Madagascar's Govt Hopes for Recognition After Poll
Source: Polity
Source Date: Monday, December 06, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Madagascar
Created: Dec 07, 2010

Political analysts said given the main opposition parties had called for the referendum to be boycotted, a turnout above 50% was a respectable performance.

"We are awaiting international recognition," Prime Minister Camille Vital told reporters after the results were released.

"It is up to the international community to judge. Looking at what's going on in Ivory Coast, let's see which it recognises first," said Vital.

Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in as president on Saturday even though the electoral commission had declared rival Alassane Ouattara the winner of the November 28 poll.

Madagascar was plunged into diplomatic isolation in March 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina seized power with the help of dissident soldiers, ousting Marc Ravalomanana.

Internationally-brokered power-sharing deals between Rajoelina and three opposition parties headed by former presidents all collapsed amid disagreements over who should get top government posts.

International donors such as the US froze non-emergency aid and the African Union imposed sanctions on Rajoelina and his backers after a number of attempts to strike deals failed.

Rajoelina has pressed ahead unilaterally with a roadmap to restore constitutional order to the world's fourth largest island. Now the new constitution has been passed, the country is due to hold a presidential election in May 2011. Rajoelina has so far said he does not plan to run.

While voting in the November referendum passed off peacefully, a small group of rebel officers tried to launch a coup on polling day from a barracks on the outskirts of the capital Antananarivo. The group failed to muster support from the rest of the army and the mutineers were arrested after a raid on the barracks.


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