On 27 May, the people of Madagascar will cast their ballots in crucial legislative elections. The polls should be a milestone in a process of dialogue and negotiations launched with international support to overcome a longstanding political crisis and attendant instability. Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on Madagascar, has been a key player in efforts to forge a common understanding among the country’s different political forces around governance. For Bathily, after the “free, fair and peaceful” presidential elections he and other international, regional and national partners helped bring about at the end of last year, the legislative contest should mark another step forward for the consolidation of democracy in Madagascar.
Politically Speaking sat down with Mr. Bathily to hear why he believes Madagascar has become an example of successful conflict prevention.