Statement by Marc Ravalomanana on Recent Press Speculation

By Marc Ravalomanana, PRNE
Sunday, April 18, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, April 19, 2010 - Following recent press reports of rumours of an attempted coup
in Madagascar, former President Marc Ravalomanana wishes to make the
following statement:

"I firmly deny any involvement in an attempt to bring the
political crisis to an end through undemocratic means. Any rumours suggesting
otherwise are completely untrue. I have always supported a democratic
resolution to the crisis as the only solution and I continue to do so. To
suggest otherwise for political purposes is cynical and potentially

"We cannot jeopardise the path to democracy with so much at
stake. Only democratic elections will give us the stability we need to get
back on the right track. I condemn any military coup- I believe the people
should be allowed to choose their President in free and fair elections. We
cannot allow these rumours to be used as an excuse to delay the return of the
free and fair elections that the Malagasy people so desperately need.

"My position remains the same as it has always been- let the
people decide."

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