Madagascar signs peace deal
By Khanyisa Tabata
17 September 2011
Madagascar's ousted president has agreed to a plan for restoring democracy that leaves the coup leader who toppled him in charge until elections are held within one year.
The proposal allows Marc Ravalomanana to return to Madagascar.
The plan was signed today in Antananarivo by President Andry Rajoelina and a representative of Ravalomanana, who has been living in South Africa since he was ousted in 2009.
The deal followed months-long negotiations by a Southern African Development Community team, led by Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Marius Fransman.