UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the power-sharing agreement reached by Madagascar''s current and former leaders and urged them to implement the deal to resolve months of political wrangling in the Indian Ocean country. Madagascar's four past and present leaders – Andry Rajoelina, Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy – struck the power-sharing deal following talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ban "urges the Malagasy leaders to speedily inaugurate the Government of National Unity and to put in place the transitional institutions foreseen in the Maputo agreement," his spokesperson said in a statement. In early August the four leaders reached a separate power-sharing deal in Maputo, Mozambique, but were subsequently unable to agree on the composition of a transitional government. (UN News Service)

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