SADC suspends Madagascar

LOZITHA, Swaziland - Madagascar's neighbours have suspended it from their regional club, and say they will take further steps if democracy is not restored to the island nation.

A Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit that ended early today
also called on the West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe.

In Madagascar earlier this month, Andry Rajoelina, accusing President
Marc Ravalomanana of corruption and mismanagement, led a series of
sometimes violent street protests that culminated with the military
declaring Rajoelina president.

Tomaz Salamao, executive director of the southern African group, said
the summit urged Rajoelina "to vacate the office of the president as a
matter of urgency, paving the way for unconditional reinstatement of
President Ravalomanana."

The Times (SA)/SAPA/Associted Press(AP)

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