PREMIER RESIGNS FROM OFFICE FOLLOWING COURT ORDER

MADAGASCAR: POLITICS/AGENCIES/6/6/18 SABANews 1

Malagasy protestors clash with security forces in February 2009 (Pic. Agencies)

ANTANANARIVO – Prime Minister OLIVIER MAHAFALY SOLONANDRASANA of MADAGASCAR has resigned from office.

Media reports say the move complies with a court decision to order formation of a new consensus government to end the political crisis in the country.

Mr SOLONANDRASANA has been Premier since 2016 when he succeeded JEAN RAVELONARIVO after having been Minister of Interior Affairs earlier.

He has told the media he accepts the Court decision on no condition because he wants to allow for a solution in the politically volatile nation of 24-MILLION-890-THOUSAND people.

Meanwhile, media reports say Defence Minister BENI XAVIER RASOLOFONIRINA has recently threatened army interference if the State and the opposition fail to solve issues quickly.

They say the country has witnessed violent protests since APRIL against a new law the opposition claim are meant to block their candidates from contesting elections this year.

President HERY RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA approved an election regulation that allows main opposition Candidate MARC RAVALOMANANA to run for office, after the earlier version of the legislation had sparked the deadly fights in the streets.

The High Constitutional Court has reportedly ordered the Head of State to dissolve his government and appoint a new prime minister on consultation with all political parties.

President RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA is leading a party that has no representation in the National Assembly, hence the need to refer the issue of the Premier to other groups.

Thus, this MONDAY, he announced the appointment of the MALAGASY representative of the International Labour Organisation, CHRISTIAN NTSAY, as the new Prime Minister.

MADAGASCAR is ONE of the poorest countries in the world, despite its huge reserves of cobalt, gold, nickel, uranium, and other mineral resources./Sabanews/cam

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