March 17, 2009 / 1:44 PM / 10 years ago

AU warns Madagascar to respect constitutional order

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union warned on Tuesday it would take firm measures against Madagascar if the situation in the Indian Ocean island deteriorated and called for the constitution to be respected.

“We remind (you of) our commitment to the respect of the constitutional order, especially in the succession of the president,” Bruno Zidouemba, Burkina Faso’s envoy to Ethiopia and the African Union, told reporters.

“The AU council will be firm in the measures to be taken if the situation becomes worse than it is today. If the military takes over, it will be a coup d’etat,” he said after an emergency meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council.

“The council heard the succession of the presidency is being discussed in Madagascar, but we do not know the outcome.”

Reporting by Tsegaye Tadesse; Editing by David Clarke

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