September 8, 2009 / 4:48 PM / 9 years ago

SADC leaders reject Madagascar PM's govt - mediator

KINSHASA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Southern African leaders have rejected a decision by Madagascar’s prime minister to name a new government, the region’s mediator for crisis said on Tuesday.

The comments by Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique’s former president who is mediating in the island state’s crisis, echo opposition complaints that Prime Minister Monja Roindefo’s government went against an August power-sharing deal.

"They reject the unilateral decision taken in Madagascar," said Chissano referring to leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at a summit in Kinshasa on Tuesday.

"We will continue to negotiate to find a consensual solution. The current (SADC) suspension will remain in place until they find a consensual and inclusive solution to the problem." (Reporting by Joe Bavier; Writing by David Lewis)

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