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Madagascar leader Rajoelina names new PM

Andry Rajoelina, file image
Andry Rajoelina overthrew Marc Ravalomanana this year

The leader of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has appointed an army officer as his new prime minister.

The appointment of Col Vital Albert Camille comes just days after Mr Rajoelina sacked the PM he had named in a power-sharing deal in October.

The former PM, Eugene Mangalaza, was dismissed as Mr Rajoelina said he could no longer work with him.

Mr Rajoelina, a former DJ, came to power with military backing earlier this year.

He overthrew Marc Ravalomanana after weeks of demonstrations that left dozens dead.

New PM's call

Mr Rajoelina had agreed in November on appointing Mr Mangalaza after talks with his rivals that were mediated by African leaders.

But the power-sharing deal has fallen apart, with Mr Rajoelina and three former presidents bickering over the division of key jobs in a government.

In an address broadcast across the nation, Col Camille called on the opposition to work with the government.

He said his priorities were to deliver security and organise elections.

Mr Rajoelina has pledged to hold a general election on 20 March.



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