andry-rajoelina.jpgMadagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina has rejected the African Union’s (AU) latest attempt to resolve the Indian Ocean Island’s political crisis.

The president stated that he will not attend to the invitation by the AU as his country was preparing for its independence celebrations.

He in turn asked the AU Commission and the International Contact Group for Madagascar to join a two-day workshop which started yesterday and is tasked with agreeing a roadmap for a return to democracy.

The AU said last month it would slap travel bans and asset freezes on the leadership on March 17 unless the government complied with power-sharing agreements struck last year in Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Meanwhile Andry Rajoelina has pledged to hold transparent and democratic parliamentary elections in May, with a view to amending the constitution and holding presidential elections thereafter.

However, the former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, who has led mediation efforts between the leaders, said the AU and international community’s stance has not softened and power-sharing should happen.

The world’s fourth largest island has been in a political deadlock since; Andry Rajoelina took power from President Marc Ravalomanana last March after weeks of street protests with the backing of rebel soldiers.