Ravalomanana arrives in Seychelles
24 July 2012, 12:15
Victoria - Madagascar's deposed ex-president Marc
Ravalomanana arrived in the Seychelles on Tuesday, ahead of landmark
talks with current leader and rival Andry Rajoelina, officials said.
"The former Madagascan president Marc Ravalomanana has arrived in the Seychelles," the Seychelles Foreign Ministry told AFP.
arrived on the main island of Mahe on Monday morning, and was
immediately transferred to Desroches, a private island 230km away where
the talks will be held.
The 15-nation Southern African
Development Community (SADC), which is mediating in the crisis, is
expected to bring the two men face-to-face on Wednesday.
set a 31 July deadline for the two rivals to settle their differences
so that a timetable for elections in Madagascar can be unveiled next
The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar has been mired in
political crisis since Rajoelina ousted Ravalomanana in March 2009 with
the army's support.
Rajoelina, a former disc jockey who was only
34 when he seized power and who had to change the constitution to become
eligible for the top job in future polls, has failed to garner broad
Rajoelina and Ravalomanana last year signed a "roadmap" toward elections, but the deal has yet to be fully implemented.