Pohamba urges Madagascans to remain calm

16 Jan 2014 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged all Madagascans to remain calm and united while they await the announcement of Madagascar’s presidential election results.
Pohamba is currently the Chairperson of Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, which is responsible for promoting peace and security in the SADC region.
Speaking at a media briefing in Windhoek on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Pohamba has taken note of the fact that the election results will be announced on Friday.
She said conscious of the fact that the decision by the Madagascar’s Court Electorale Speciale (CES) will be in accordance with the electoral law and constitution of Madagascar, and will therefore be a reflection of the will of the people and the fulfilment of their legitimate aspirations for peace and democracy, stability and social economic development, Pohamba wishes to appeal to the leaders of all political movements and all Malagasy people to accept the decision of the CES.
“Should there be any disagreement with the CES ruling, it should be channelled through the established legal institutions and by peaceful means,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She said the chairperson further urged the unsuccessful candidates, their respective movements and parties, political leaders and stakeholders to clearly demonstrate their commitment towards ending the political crisis in the country and finding a lasting solution by putting the supreme interests of the country above their individual and political parties' interests.
“All concerned should exercise restraint and behave in a manner commensurate with their constitutional obligations and refrain from any political incitement that could undermine peace and tranquillity, create instability in the country and reverse the gains achieved thus in returning the country to constitutional normalcy,” Nandi-Ndaitwah stated.
She stressed that Pohamba reaffirms, on behalf of all the SADC member states, enduring solidarity with the people of Madagascar.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the SADC is looking forward with great enthusiasm to welcoming Madagascar back to the regional SADC family.
Since a 2009 coup, Madagascar’s membership of both the SADC and the African Union have been suspended, pending the restoration of constitutional order.
Presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Madagascar on 20 December 2013, following a first round of presidential elections on 25 October. 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.