Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has fired all of his ministers, according to his office, just days after criticising some of their performance and weeks after officials said they had foiled a plot to assassinate the former coup leader.
In a statement issued late Wednesday, Rajoelina’s office cited no justification for the dismissals.
Rajoelina stated on Sunday that the performance of several ministers was dissatisfactory.
“Like in a football team, you have to change when there are failures in government,” he said in comments broadcast on national television.
“There will be a change and this concerns those who do not carry out the work entrusted to them.”
A senior prosecutor announced last week that Madagascar had arrested 21 new people, including 12 military members, in connection with a plot to assassinate Rajoelina and destabilise the government.
Six persons were arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in the conspiracy, one of whom was a French citizen, following a months-long probe on the Indian Ocean island, according to officials.
Madagascar, a 26-million-person impoverished former French colony, has a history of political violence and instability. Rajoelina, 44, was inaugurated in as president in 2019 following a closely contested election and a constitutional court appeal by his opponent.
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.
In the 2019 elections, Ravalomanana challenged Rajoelina, lost, and said the vote was fraudulent.