SADC Troika meeting held in Windhoek

30 Dec 2013 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 30 DEC (NAMPA) – A one-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika meeting of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security was held in the capital on Sunday.
The meeting was aimed at reviewing the situation in Madagascar after that country’s second round of presidential elections, and to discuss the way forward for the people of that country.
Madagascar held its presidential elections on 25 October this year, but no clear winner was announced. A second round of elections was called and was held on 20 December.
The presidential elections in December were a run-off between Jean Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the top two candidates to emerge from the first round of voting in October. The official results of the second round are expected to be announced on 07 January 2014.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also currently the Chairperson of Politics and Defence in the SADC region, directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SADC Secretariat to observe the elections held in Madagascar.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah headed the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the elections.
Nandi-Ndaitwah on Sunday said the SADC called on both ruling parties in Madagascar to respect each other and to let peace prevail in that country.
The meeting was amongst others also attended by Minister of Defence, Nahas Angula and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho (Kenneth Mohlabi Tsekoa); Malawi (Ephraim Mganda Chiume); and Tanzania (Mahadhi Maalim).
The outcomes of the meeting have not yet been made public.
The SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security is managed on a Troika basis, and is responsible for promoting peace and security in the SADC region.
Namibia took over the leadership of the Troika during the annual SADC Heads of State and Government Summit, which took place in Lilongwe, Malawi in August this year.