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UN chief concerned at latest developments in electoral process in Madagascar

English.news.cn   2013-05-21 07:57:19            

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday voiced his concern at the latest developments in the electoral process in Madagascar and offered conditional UN assistance to the presidential election in July in the African island country.

"The secretary-general shares the concerns expressed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union over the latest developments in the electoral process in Madagascar," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

"The presentation of candidate nomination papers by Transition President Andry Rajoelina, Mrs. Lalao Ravalomanana and former President Didier Ratsiraka, and the decision of the Special Electoral Court to endorse those candidatures, is in violation of the spirit of the SADC-mediated Road Map," the statement said.

The African Union (AU) said last week that it will not recognize Rajoelina as Madagascar's president if he wins the upcoming presidential election.

The country was plunged into a still-unresolved political crisis in 2009 when Rajoelina, 38, seized power with military support in what the AU called a coup.

"United Nations assistance to the electoral process is conditional upon strict adherence by all parties to the Road Map as the sole framework for a restoration of the full legitimacy of the government of Madagascar," the statement said.

"The secretary-general calls on all stakeholders to comply with the SADC Organ Troika and the African Union Peace and Security Council decisions, so that elections can take place in accordance with the calendar prepared by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the Transition and endorsed by the United Nations," said the statement.

Both Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, the man he unseated from power, bowed to regional pressure in January and pledged not to stand in the election, in a deal brokered by the SADC.

The SADC Road Map is seen as the latest effort to restore democracy and constitutional rule in the country.

But Rajoelina said earlier this month that deal was broken when the wife of Ravalomanana, Lalao Ravalomana, said she would run.

The AU called the candidacies of Rajoelina, Lalao Ravalomanana and former president Didier Ratsiraka "illegitimate."

Editor: Hou Qiang
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