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Madagascar president sacks all ministers after calling them poor performers

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Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has sacked all his ministers, his office said.

The sacking of the ministers came days after he criticised some of their performances, saying they were below par, and weeks after officials said they had thwarted a plot to kill the former coup leader.

Rajoelina’s office gave no reason for the dismissals in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

On Sunday, the president said the performance of some ministers was unsatisfactory.

“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,” he said on national TV.

Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019 after a hotly contested election and a constitutional court challenge from his rival.

He first took power in a March 2009 coup, unseating Marc Ravalomanana. He remained in control at the head of a transitional government until 2014.

 
 
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