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A New Government, A New Day In Madagascar


Madagascar's new president Hery Rajaonarimampianina attends his inauguration ceremony at the Mahamasina Stadium in the capital Antananarivo January 25, 2014. Rajaonarimampianina, who won the first elections since a coup in 2009, took office on Saturday bu

With the appointment of a new prime minister, Madagascar has taken an important step toward returning to democracy after five years of political and economic instability.

With the appointment of a new prime minister, Madagascar has taken an important step toward returning to democracy after five years of political and economic instability.

Roger Kolo, a medical doctor uninvolved in the island nation’s recent tumultuous politics, was named to the post April 11 by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

The appointment follows President Rajaonarimampianina’s election in December, the first presidential poll since a coup toppled former President Marc Ravalomanana in 2009 and disrupted the nation’s relations with many in the international community.

The United States welcomes the formation of a new government, and we look forward to working with it to promote a prosperous, democratic and healthy future for all Malagasy. Prime Minister Kolo’s appointment and that of a new slate of cabinet ministers presents an opportunity to break with the past and begin to rehabilitate the economy, strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and rule of law, protect Madagascar’s unique biodiversity and restore respect for human rights.

We remain one of Madagascar’s largest partners, providing over $55 million last year for food security and health programs.
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