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By ZamChro Correspondent,


Zambia has called for the suspension of Madagascar from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) to enable that country to retain constitutional order.Foreign Minister Kabinga Pande said in Lusaka on Wednesday that Zambia does not recognize the illegitimate government of Madagascar led by Andry Rajoelina, which forced President Marc Ravaromanana to surrender power.


Pande said Zambia has since resolved to urge the international community to take appropriate action against the illegal government leaders for them to adhere to constitutionalism.


Pande said employing unconstitutional means of changing government is a setback to the efforts of entrenching democracy and good governance in Africa.


“I wish to express the position of the Zambia government’s rejection of the unconstitutional change which took place in Madagascar on March 17, 2009. The Zambian government does not recognize the illegitimate government of Andry Rajoelina and government therefore wishes to state that Madagascar should break from its past when unconstitutional changes took place in 1975, 1991,” Pande said.


Pande expressed concerns at the trend of unconstitutional means of changing government in Africa which he said was worrying governments due to serious implications on the strengths of the SADC and other groupings existing on the African continent.


The foreign minister lamented that the SADC does not entertain and support assuming to power illegally.


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