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  • New Madagascar technocrat government seeks stability

  • Ceremony of appointment of the 31 Secretaries of State of Kolo Roger's government takes place at Iavoloha Presidential Palace in Antananarivo on April 18, 2014The new prime minister of Madagascar announced a cabinet of technocrats and relative political unknowns on Friday in a bid to renew international support and move on from the country's chronic instability. "These ministers represent all the forces of our nation, meaning that I have put in place an open government," said new Prime Minister Roger Kolo. Among the 31 ministers announced, there were two members of the MAPAR party of former strongman Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in 2009 and only stepped down in January. Even though it is the biggest party in parliament, most MAPAR members have refused to join the government after the President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, elected in December, refused their choice for prime minister.

  • New PM vows to make Madagascar an emerging market

  • Former Madagascar Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky (R) and new Prime Minister Roger Kolo (C) speak to journalists during a handover ceremony at the Mahazoarivo State Palace on April 16, 2014Madagascar's new Prime Minister Roger Kolo took office on Wednesday, vowing to turn the country from down-at-heel international outcast to true emerging market. "Madagascar should move from being an exporter of raw materials to an exporter of finished products with high value added." Kolo was appointed by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was elected in December in a vote designed to bring the country out of five years of political crisis sparked by a coup. Kolo, a relatively unknown doctor, was named prime minister last week amid rumours strongman Andry Rajoelina -- the coup leader who had ruled the country since 2009 -- may have sought the post.

  • Madagascar names new prime minister, eyes World Bank aid

  • By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar named Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger, a radiologist who lived abroad for decades, as its new prime minister on Friday, part of a process aimed at ending prolonged political turmoil on the Indian Ocean island. Kolo, 70, faces a big challenge reviving the mineral-rich island's economy, which has slumped since a 2009 military coup. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who took office in January, has pledged to woo foreign investors and tourists to Madagascar, which is famed for its exotic wildlife and also boasts nickel, cobalt, coal, iron ore and uranium deposits. "(Roger Kolo) was proposed by 12 parties with 93 members (backing him).
  • Madagascar names prime minister after deadlock

  • The President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on April 3, 2014After months of post-election deadlock Madagascar's president named a new prime minister Friday, tapping the relatively unknown doctor Roger Kolo for the post. The announcement came in a statement from president Hery Rajaonarimampianina's office. It had been suggested that Andry Rajoelina -- the coup leader who ruled the country since 2009 -- may have sought the post.

  • Madagascar names new prime minister: presidency official

  • Madagascar has named Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger as its new prime minister, a senior presidency official said on Friday, part of a process aimed at ending years of political crisis on the Indian Ocean island. In January, Hery Rajaonarimampianina an ally of former president and coup leader Andry Rajoelina, took office pledging to woo investors after winning an election the month before, the first such poll since a coup in 2009. Rajoelina has been at the heart of a power struggle that has stoked five years of turmoil in the nickel-producing Indian Ocean island. "Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger has been named prime minister and head of government," Colonel Roger Ralala, secretary general of the presidency, said.
  • Hague Court sets new trial date for Kenyan president

  • Kenyatta attends the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaThe International Criminal Court set a new date for the opening of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial on Monday, saying the October 7 start would give the Kenyan government more time to provide evidence in the case. Prosecutors allege their witnesses against Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, on trial on similar charges, have been bribed or threatened into withdrawing their testimony.

  • 6 Mysterious 'Dracula' Ant Species Discovered in Madagascar

  • 6 Mysterious 'Dracula' Ant Species Discovered in MadagascarSix new species of a mysterious blood-sucking ant have been identified in Madagascar — and they're an especially odd bunch. "The genus Mystrium is the most mysterious group within the bizarre Dracula ants," study co-author Masashi Yoshimura, a researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, said in a statement. Dracula ants, so named because they suck the blood of their young in a process dubbed "nondestructive cannibalism," were first discovered in a rotting log in Madagascar more than a decade ago. But for years, these weird insects confounded researchers, as looks can be deceiving for the Dracula ants.

  • Norwegian ship reaches area where Malaysia plane debris may have been spotted

  • OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian car carrier Hoegh St. Petersburg has reached the area in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia where two floating objects, suspected to be debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner, were spotted, the ship owner's said on Thursday. The car carrier was on its way from Madagascar to Melbourne when it got a request from Australian authorities to assist in investigating the objects spotted by satellite four days ago in one of the remotest parts of the globe, around 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth. ...
  • Madagascar's new leader seeks to win over donors

  • The new president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, takes part in the inaugural ceremony for his presidency, at the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo, on January 25, 2014Madagascar's new president has launched a charm offensive against the world's biggest aid institutions, hoping to revive the support to his impoverished country that was cut off five years ago. Seeking to end the isolation that followed a 2009 coup that stalled the economy, Hery Rajaonarimampianina's efforts in Washington could mark a turning point for the African nation. "Madagascar has turred a page through these elections," Rajaonarimampianina told AFP. Major donors like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United States and the European Union cut off the flow of aid to the Indian Ocean island after the coup.

  • New Madagascar president to meet Exxon on exploration

  • Madagascar's newly elected President Hery Rajaonarimampianina (C) in Antananarivo on January 25, 2014United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Madagascar's new president said Monday he will meet officials of oil giant Exxon Mobile to discuss oil exploration on the island nation. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the start of a trip that will also take him to Washington. He told reporters here he may also meet executives from other oil companies, as well as Exxon, while in New York. He said Exxon had already been working in Madagascar before the political crisis in his country, and that it wanted to resume exploration work now that the crisis was over.


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