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21 Dec 2009 08:22
Madagascar’s military-backed leader has named a high-ranking officer prime minister.
The unilateral move on Sunday by Andry Rajoelina was in further defiance of efforts to find a consensus solution to the island nation’s political crisis.
Rajoelina came to power in March in what other African governments called a coup. In November, Rajoelina and his rivals agreed on a consensus prime minister, Eugene Mangalaza, in talks mediated by other African leaders.
But Rajoelina dismissed Mangalaza on Friday, and named Colonel Camille Albert Vital prime minister on Sunday.
In a nationally broadcast address, Vital called on all the people of Madagascar, in particular Rajoelina’s rivals, to support his government.
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