Madagascar has new govt after court order: president

Madagascar’s president announced on Monday that a new government had been appointed following a court ruling, which called for a “consensus” administration to resolve a political crisis sparked by electoral reform.

The nation which lies on the Indian Ocean has been destabilised by ongoing anti-government protests that started because of the enactment of new laws that the opposition have said the new laws intend to bar their candidates from taking party in elections scheduled for later this year.

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina told journalists at his official residence, “The government of (Prime Minister) Christian Ntsay has now been put in place after several rounds of negotiations.”

The Constitutional Court has ordered Rajaonarimampianina to form a government of national unity with a “consensus prime minister” to avoid a national crisis.

The president said the appointments “respected” the ruling which required the ministries to be allocated to the country’s parties to reflect the composition of parliament after polls in 2013.

But the ConCourt ruling fueled a fierce debate between the government and the opposition over its interpretation.

Both sides have said they both hold the majority in parliament, the chaos has also been created after many legislators have switched allegiances since 2013.

However many key ministries including defence and finance are still in the hands of the president’s HVM party, but others including foreign affairs and fishing have gone to opposition figures under the deal.

The president added, “We hope to be able to hold an inclusive election, the results of which will be accepted by all,”

“Speaking to the prime minister and the ministers, I say: The eyes of the nation and the whole world are on you.

“You should enhance security – you will be judged on this.”

Photo Credit- Africa


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