Madagascar’s president dismisses all of his cabinet officials, alleging “failures in government.”

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.

(REUTERS)

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