February 21, 2009

Madagascar adversaries meet to quell violence

Per BBC, Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana and opposition leader Andry Rajoelina met for the first time since violence broke out in the country over political tensions. The Council of Christian Churches in Madagascar (FFKM), which hosted the talks, says both sides met with the intention of ending the violence that has killed about 100 people in the last month.

FFKM claims the rivals “had agreed a five-point plan that included ending provocative statements and the spreading of false information,” according to the BBC. Analysts claim that the talks may lead to a unity government.

Some Twitter users have been frustrated with the lack of coverage of the crisis:

@nubiancheetah (Washington, D.C.): How come the media is not covering the crisis in Madagascar? Even the African media has poor coverage on it. How sad!

@tandriamirado (Antananarivo - Madagascar): media covering or not the crisis in #madagascar is a way for other countries to affect the pressure level,... re: http://ff.im/1a9W4

This has lead some to pursue coverage of the crisis through Twitter, blogs and other new media sources:

@MadagascarTweet (Madagascar): Watching the crisis in #Madagascar via Twitter, by @EthanZ: http://bit.ly/6NpeH | @GlobalVoices coverage: http:/.. http://tinyurl.com/d4wzh8

@risingvoices: FOKO: Ushahidi Comes To Madagascar: Rising Voices grantee FOKO’s members were at the forefront of the recent cov.. http://tinyurl.com/al3dtg...

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