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Madagascar's opposition leader breaks silence on referendum

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<p>Voters in Madagascar will head to the polls on May 27 to elect law makers. </p> <p>On this very day, they will also vote on a bill to amend certain provisions of the country’s constitution which was adopted in 2010.</p> <p>The text provides for the abolition of the senate and the granting of more power to local authorities. </p> <p>The opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana has accused President Andry Rajoelina of wanting to change the country’s supreme law against the will of the people. </p> <p>“ There should be a dialogue between all the forces of the nation and not forcing like this,” Ravalomanana said at a press conference held in his home at the weekend.</p> <p>Ravalomanana said there should be one or two months wait after the installation of the National Assembly before such a referendum.</p> <p>Madagascar’s current constitution was adopted in 2010, under the transition chaired by Andry Rajoelina, after the overthrow by the army of former President Marc Ravalomanana. </p> <p>A statement from the government said ‘’ holding all the parliamentary elections and this constitutional referendum avoids exorbitant expenses ‘’.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

There should be a dialogue between all the forces of the nation and not forcing like this.

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