Madagascar swears in transitional prime minister

By Incorrect Author 16 November 2009

In another step on the road to transitional government following a March coup, Madagascar’s new Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza was sworn in at a ceremony involving the nation’s four main political parties. There’s still lots of work to be done, though, to create the 31-minister government comprising a 258-member transitional congress. The four parties agreed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this month to allow coup leader Andry Rajoelina to stay on as president and to appoint Mangalaza prime minister, despite much political bickering. Madagascar has been suspended by the African Union and Southern African Development Community since businessman and former president Marc Ravalomanana was forced to resign following months of violent protests, in which more than 100 people died. Rajoelina was declared president with the support of the military. Read more: Bloomberg, The Guardian

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