Francophonie sends fact-finding mission to Madagascar

Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie parliamentary Assembly has sent a fact-finding mission to Madagascar to secure "objective information" on the current political stalemate in that island nation, the assembly announced Wednesday in Paris.
In a press statement, the assembly said it would seek to hold talks with electoral officials and relevant institutions, which are principal actors in Madagascar's political stalemate.
It said the Francophone parliamentary team would hold separate discussions with Madagascar's Senate President Honore Rakaotomana, national assembly president Christophe Andrianarisoa and Prime Minister Tantely Andrianarivo.
They also plan to hold talks with President Thomas Indrianjafy of the Higher Constitutional Court, several ambassadors, representatives of Madagascar's national electoral council and the Madagascar consortium of election observers.
The Francophonie delegation would later meet presidential candidates Marc Ravalomanana, who is Mayor of Antananarivo, and incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka, currently in electoral imbroglio after the polls of mid December last year.
Madagascar has been mired in street protests called by opposition leader Ravalomanana who opposes a second round of voting, saying he won the highest number of votes during the first round of voting held on 16 December 2001.
The Francophone parliamentary delegation, led by Cameroonian parliamentarian Louis Phillipe Tsitsol who is in charge of the missions to Africa at the Assembly, was expected to end the visit Saturday.
First Vice President Ould Abdel Jelil Saleck of the Mauritanian Senate as well as well as French senators Guy Penne and Louis Duvernois are members of the mission to Madagascar.

06 february 2002 18:47:00

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