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President reassures Madagascans

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Netumbo Nandi Ndeitwah speaking ahead of the Madagascan election outcome as her deputy Hon. Mushelenga looks on.

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Netumbo Nandi Ndeitwah speaking ahead of the Madagascan election outcome as her deputy Hon. Mushelenga looks on.

Foreign Affairs Minister Honourable Netumbo Nandi Ndeitwah delivered a statement on behalf of President Hifikepunye Pohamba who expressed his views in his position as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on the outcome of the final results of the presidential campaign that took place on 20 December 2013.
The Special Electoral Court of Madagascar is expected to announce the results of the election today. In anticipation of the outcome, President Pohamba highlighted the significance of the day that Madagascans, the SADC region and the international community have been waiting for.
Pohamba urged the Madagascan people to remain calm and called for unity.

The President further assured Madagascans that the Special Electoral Court will act in accordance with the electoral laws and constitution of Madagascar to ensure that it is a reflection of the will of the people and the fulfilment of their legitimate aspirations for peace and democracy, stability and social economic development. President Pohamba urged Madagascans to rest assured in the hope that various legal channels exist in the event of an unsatisfactory outcome, paving way to a peaceful resolve.
President Pohamba called on unsuccessful candidates to exercise restraint and behave in a manner commensurate with their constitutional obligations and refrain from any political incitement that could undermine peace and tranquillity, create instability in the country and reverse the gains achieved thus far in returning the country to constitutional normalcy and urged them to show their commitment towards finding a lasting solution by placing the interests of the country above their individual interests.
President Pohamba said he looked forward to seeing Madagascar becoming a member of SADC again.

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