The African Union inaugurates a new international contact group for Madagascar on Friday to end the political stalemate and pave way for an election.
The international contact group set up by the African Union constitutes 18 representatives from Southern Africa Development Community, the European Union, and five permanent members of United Nations Security Council.
The contact group aims to take a common position to return constitutional government in Madagascar.
African Union chief Jean Ping told reporters the union is concerned about Madagascar’s quick deterioration.
“The situation in Madagascar today is dangerous and we must find a way to return constitutional order,” he added.
Military-backed President Andry Rajoelina ousted democratically elected leader Marc Ravalomanana last February and has been facing rejection from the international community.
AU’s special envoy in Madagascar, Ablasse Ouedraogo, said elections were promised for 2010, but that the Madascar authorities “have said they are ready to organize elections before the end of this year.”
“That will be possible if all the protagonists in Madagascar’s political crisis understand the need to make concessions,” Mr Ouedraogo added.
The contact group is scheduled to organize peace talks among Madagascar’s political rivals.
All four main political groups will be invited for dialogue, said Mr Ouedraogo.