Let Us Be Optimistic

The second meeting between the Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina in the church-mediated talks was held yesterday at le “Hintsy” Ambohimanambola. No pieces of information on the negotiations have slipped out of both sides. The Archbishop Odon Razanakolona (the current president of the FFKM) said “It’s better to keep silent on what is being discussed because it may create other problems though we have to focus our energy and time on the main crisis”. He added that “It was already a good point that either side agreed to continue the negotiations and try to find compromise. Talks go slowly at it’s won pace but if we want to build something strong we must go step by step”. A third meeting is scheduled but the place has been kept secret.

The U.S. ambassador in Madagascar, Niels Marquardt stated in an interview on a local TV station that “Failure is not an option because Madagascar is facing a serious economic problem”. In fact, we all are eager to see the outcome of it all and as quickly as possible. The Rajoelina’s Camp wanted the current President to resign that’s why they didn’t want to negotiate weeks ago thus I’m really curious to know what made them change their mind. We all look forward to knowing if the government will know some changes -of course it will but how much – and how will it look like? Will Monja Roindefo replace the current Prime Minister Charles Rabemananjara or what position Andry Rajoelina will have? How many of the Roindefo Government’s Ministers will integrate this future one? Will the supporters of each side be disappointed of what will be agreed on?

If everybody agrees that it’s a good thing both sides accepted to meet each other, there are political parties like the CRN led by former President Alber Zafy that says the talks should be between all alive forces in Madagascar but no only Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana.

Meanwhile, the city goes back to its daily life, market places are crowded and all shops (almost) are open. I mean those that have not been destroyed. These talks has brought a kind of hope to Malagasy people, the hope that things will get back in order … soon.