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Madagascar: The African Union calls for the responsibility of everyone after the sudden return and without consultation of former president Marc Ravalomanana

After the muscular arrest on Monday at his residence of Faravohitra in Tananarive of the former Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana and his transfer to house arrest on Tuesday afternoon towards Diego Suarez (Northern Madagascar) on the side of the Admiralty, the African Union calls this Wednesday, 15 October the "responsibility" of everyone after the return of Marc Ravalomanana has been done "without consultation with the Malagasy authorities or with the Southern African Development Community."
According to the online newspaper Tananews, it could be that Marc Ravalomanana has been transferred in the morning to another unknown destination for the time being.
Read the full statement by the African Union below
Addis Abéba, October 15, 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, closely follows the situation in Madagascar, after the return to this country of Mr. Marc Ravalomanana, former President of the Republic, 13 October 2014She noted that this return was made ​​without consultation with the Malagasy authorities the or with the Southern African Development Community.
The Chairperson of the Commission regrets the animation by former President Ravalomanana of a press conference only hours after his return, and strongly condemns the remarks he made on that occasion. In this regard, the President of the Commission believes that the questioning of the legitimacy of Malagasy institutions, issues of free and democratic elections and the results were recognised by the entire international community, including the African Union and SADC, is an inadmissible provocation.
The Chairperson of the Commission welcomes the spirit of big responsibility shown by the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampianina and reiterated in his statement of 13 October 2014, his commitment to national reconciliation. In this context, she welcomes the subsequent actions taken by his government to handle the situation.
The Chairperson of the Commission urges all Malagasy stakeholders in general and the political actors in particular to show restraint and responsibility. She urges them, in the circumstances, to consider first the interest of the country and the people of Madagascar, refraining from any action likely to undermine the valuable gains made as a result of a long and difficult transition.
The Chairperson of the Commission recalls that the International Support Group Madagascar (GIS-M) at its consultative meeting in Tananarive, March 28, 2014, stressed the necessity of implementing the pending features of the Roadmap to the crisis in Madagascar, including the completion of appeasement, including the return of political exiles. She stressed that this return must be done in close collaboration with the Government and in compliance with the requirements related to safety, as well as accountability and rejection of impunity.

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