* Rajoelina says stability to be restored before foe returns
* Military will take all actions needed to block ex-leader
By Alain Iloniaina
ANTANANARIVO, June 14 Madagascar's exiled former
President Marc Ravalomanana will not be allowed to return home
until the country is stable and he can be held accountable for
acts committed during his rule, its president said on Tuesday.
President Andry Rajoelina, who overthrew Ravalomanana with
the help of rebel troops in March 2009, said Ravalomanana would
be held to account for crimes committed during his final weeks
in power when he returned to the Indian Ocean island.
"For Ravalomanana, the road map is clear: he can return when
the (political) situation is stable and when there is no good
reason to prevent him from doing so," Rajoelina said in a
"But it goes without saying he can't just return. He must
stand accountable for his acts. There is no amnesty for blood
Southern African leaders called on Monday for Ravalomanana
to be allowed to return to Madagascar ahead of elections there,
for which no date has yet been set.
Rajoelina has accused Ravalomanana of ordering his
presidential guard to shoot dead about 30 protestors in
February, 2009, when popular demonstrations against his
increasingly autocratic leadership peaked.
Rajoelina's power grab plunged Madagascar, the world's
leading vanilla producer, into a political crisis that has
dragged on for more than two years, stunting economic growth.
Africa's youngest leader said he would not back any
amendment to a March road map aimed at ending the crisis, which
was approved by the Southern African Development Community but
snubbed by Madagascar's main opposition parties.
Ravalomanana is in exile in South Africa and was restricted
from returning home in February. He said Rajoelina's government
blocked his return.
"Given the renewed stability in the country since the
beginning of 2011, the security forces categorically will not
accept an immediate return by the former president in order to
safeguard public security," said army chief General Andre
"They (security forces) affirm their readiness to take all
necessary action to uphold this declaration," said Ndriarijaona,
who was among the most senior dissidents who backed Rajoelina's
(Editing by Richard Lough)