Monday, December 21, 2009

Madagascar leader Rajoelina scraps power-sharing deal  – CREDIT BBC

Madagascar’s leader Andry Rajoelina has formally abandoned a power-sharing peace deal a day after appointing a military prime minister.

Col Vital Albert Camille was named to replace consensus Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza, who was sacked by Mr Rajoelina on Friday.

Mr Rajoelina said he was also scrapping the two posts of co-president set up under the power-sharing deal.

Mr Rajoelina, a former DJ, came to power with military backing in March.

The power-sharing deal was agreed after longs talks with the opposition, including supporters of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana.

Madagascar has been riven by political turmoil for almost a year, with Mr Rajoelina taking power after weeks of protests which saw dozens of people lose their lives.