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24 November 2017 14:50 (South Africa)

Madagascan mediators install new PM amid protests

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Members of Madagascar’s transitional government have installed a new prime minister, ignoring the former prime minister's vow not to step down. The new PM was given the job by mediators of the International Contact Group for Madagascar – that includes the AU, the UN, the Indian Ocean Commission, the EU, France and the US – after four main political groups signed a deal in August to form an interim government. The island's leader, Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in a coup in March, had earlier unilaterally decided who would hold posts in the unity government. The outgoing PM, Monja Roindefo, says not all political groups were party to the decision that he step down. Some groups also object to the ICG’s decision to keep Rajoelina as president until elections in 2010.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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