Saturday, April 04, 2009

Madagascar: Emergency parliament announces presidential election in October 2010.

Xinhua repoerts Madagascar's newly formed High Transitional Authority (HTA) decided on Friday to hold the Constitution referendum in September and the presidential election in October 2010.

The 44-member HTA, which serves as the Indian Ocean island state's emergency parliament, made the decision at the conclusion of a two-day meeting, apparently in response to the international call for the quick restoration to democracy and constitutional order.

The meeting, attended by over 1,000 representatives from various civil entities and political parties from 22 regions in Madagascar, also agreed to hold the presidential election in October 2010.

In an 8-point resolution approved at the closing meeting here Friday evening, participants proposed to set up an independent national electoral commission in October, following the estimated approval of a new constitution.

Hailed as a roadmap for the transitional period, the resolution said that eight committees, including those for economic and social development, for military, for monitoring of the implementation of the resolutions and for drafting framework document to prepare for regional conferences, would be established this month.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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