Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) has called on the international community to provide the necessary support to Madagascar to help the country consolidate the “remarkable gains” it has made. According to a statement released in Addis Ababa, the Council welcomed the “positive developments” in Madagascar, particularly the holding of presidential and legislative elections last year to complete the transition process and the restoration of constitutional order.
It acknowledged that the electoral process had been recognized as being inclusive, credible and legitimate by the different observers, particularly those of the African Union (AU) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
In this regard, the statement added, the Council has expressed its appreciation to the Malagasy people and to all political actors and institutions of the country for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the elections and the completion of the transition process.
It said it took note of the swearing-in on 25 January 2014 of Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana as the new President of Madagascar following the proclamation of the final polls results by the Special Electoral Court (CES) of Madagascar.
The PSC urged the new President of Madagascar and other Malagasy stakeholders to work towards the promotion of national reconciliation, good governance and respect for human rights.
It expressed the commitment of the AU and the SADC to continue to support the new Malagasy authorities in their efforts, including those relating to socio-economic recovery.
The Council also reiterated its appreciation to the SADC and the AU for their sustained support to the resolution of the crisis and for the close coordination between the two organizations throughout the crisis exit process.
It paid tribute to the SADC mediator in the Malagasy crisis, former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozamique, as well as to ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, former AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, for their commitment and active engagement, “which contributed significantly to the progress achieved”.
Madagascar has regained its AU membership after the PSC on Monday lifted the sanctions imposed on the country for unconstitutional change in government.
The PSC explained that decision to lift the suspension of Madagascar from the continental body followed the country's 'successful political transition' which ended on 17 January with the announcement of the final results of presidential elections.
Further to lifting the suspension of Madagascar from AU activities, the Council also decided to write off all other sanctions taken against the country to ensure that its stakeholders work towards the restoration of constitutional order.