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Rajoelina claims Madagascar transition leadership

Madagascar's Andry Rajoelina, who rose to power in a March coup, on Friday claimed undisputed leadership of the multilateral transition process agreed to in Maputo earlier this month.

"It is unimaginable that anyone else should would lead the transition. The transition as a process headed by Andry Rajoelina is a given and is not up for discussion," he said in an interview on national television.

Leaders of the Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, third largest ocean, c.28,350,000 sq mi (73,427,000 sq km), extending from S Asia to Antarctica and from E Africa to SE Australia; it is c.4,000 mi (6,400 km) wide at the equator. It constitutes about 20% of the world's total ocean area.  island nation's four main political groups, including Rajoelina and ousted president Marc Ravalomanana Marc Ravalomanana (born December 12, 1949 in Imerinkasinina[1][2]) is a Malagasy politician. He comes from the Merina ethnicity.[1] He is currently the President of Madagascar; he took office in 2002, during a dispute over the results of the , wrapped up four days of crisis talks in the Mozambican capital on August 9.

They agreed to hold new elections by the end of next year and in the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile
 set up an interim administration but the distribution of roles in the transitional period was to be decided later after further discussions.

As recently as Tuesday, one of the top international mediators, Edem Kodjo Édouard Kodjovi Kodjo, better known as Edem Kodjo, (born May 23 1938) is a Togolese politician and diplomat who has twice served as prime minister.

Kodjo was born in Sokodé, Tchaoudjo Prefecture, Togo.
, said that the issue of who would head the transition and the attribution at·tri·bu·tion  
1. The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.

 of key posts in the interim administration were still undetermined.

After months of spearheading the opposition, the 35-year-old former disc jockey disc jockey (DJ)

Person who plays recorded music on radio or television or at a nightclub or other live venue. Disc jockey programs became the economic base of many radio stations in the U.S. after World War II.
 was swept to power by the army on March 17, sending Ravalomanana into exile but failing to win the endorsement of the international community.

In his televised interview to three Madagascan journalists Friday, Rajoelina emphasised his willingness to develop partnerships with his rivals but also made sure to assert himself as the island's strongman.

"We need consensus figures and competent people. We're not here to carve up the cake but to develop the country," he said, adding: "All the people who will work with Andry Rajoelina must be accepted by him."
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Date:Aug 14, 2009
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