Madagascar president sacks ministers weeks after failed assassination plot

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Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina inspects the troops during the Independence Day celebration at the brand new Barea Stadium in Antananarivo on June 26, 2021. RIJASOLO
FILE PHOTO: Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina inspects troops during the country’s Independence Day celebration at the brand new Barea Stadium in Antananarivo on June 26, 2021. (RIJASOLO via CFP)

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has sacked all his ministers weeks after a failed attempt to kill him.

The presidency announced the sackings late on Wednesday but gave no reasons for the move.

On Sunday, President Rajoelina criticized some of his ministers’ performances as being unsatisfactory.

“Like in a football team, you have to change when there are failures in government,” Reuters quotes him.

“There will be a change and this concerns those who do not carry out the work entrusted to them.”

Madagascar is still dealing with a suspected attempt to kill the president, with more than 20 people placed under investigation, including five high-ranking army generals, several police officers and a French citizen.

This is Rajoelina’s second stint at the presidency, having first ruled after successfully orchestrating a coup in 2009. He remained in control at the head of a transitional government until 2014.

He took office for his current term in January 2019 after winning the country’s 2018 presidential election.

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