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Government balks at the idea of joining SADC

The government of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is still hesitant about joining the Southern African Development Community (SADC), news reports said on Wednesday. The reports said that the hesitation was mostly because of South Africa’s dominant role within SADC and fears by the Malagasy people that by joining SADC the island nation could become involved in conflicts within the community. Finance ministry officials were quoted as saying that the financial commitment to SADC might prove to be “too much” for the country. Madagascar is already a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African States (COMESA).

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