The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina has sacked all his ministers, days after he criticized some of their performances as below par and weeks after officials said they had thwarted a plot to kill the former coup leader
The Presidential’s office gave no reason for the dismissals in a statement issued late on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Rajoelina classified the performance of some ministers as unsatisfactory.
He disclosed this in a presser saying “… like in a football team, you have to change when there are failures in government. There will be a change and this concerns those who do not carry out the work entrusted to them.”
Madagascar is a former French colony of 26 million. Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019 after a hotly contested election and a constitutional court challenge from his rival.
Rajoelina first took power in a March 2009 coup, unseating Marc Ravalomanana. He remained in control at the head of a transitional government until 2014.
Last week, a senior prosecutor said Madagascar had arrested 21 more suspects, including 12 military personnel, in connection with a plot to kill Rajoelina and topple the government.
Six people, one of them a French citizen, were arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in the plot, after what officials said was a months-long investigation in the Indian Ocean island.
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