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General Debate of the 64th Session (2009)

Point of Order

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25 September

A point of order was raised by the representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Comoros.  Those delegations objected to the participation of Andry Nirina Rajoelina, whose Transitional Government had come to power in Madagascar following a military-backed coup in March.

Although General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki had ruled earlier to allow Madagascar to take the floor, he put the matter to a vote after African delegations challenged that decision, decrying Mr. Rajoelina’s presidency as illegitimate.  His participation in the debate today was denied by a recorded vote of 23 against to 4 in favour (Denmark, Ecuador, Jamaica, Madagascar), with 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Mali, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu).

  • Speakers:
    • President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo (on behalf of the Southern African Development Community)
    • President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo (on behalf of the Southern African Development Community)
    • Guinea Bissau
    • President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly
    • Voting "Representative of Madagascar"
    • Jamaica
    • Secretariat
    • Algeria
    • President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo (on behalf of the Southern African Development Community)
    • President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly

Source: GA/10863