ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar’s president announced the replacement of eight ministers late on Sunday, including a new finance minister, after the government was dissolved earlier this month amid mounting public frustration over power cuts and other issues.
Air force commander and businessman Jean Ravelonarivo was last week sworn in as the new premier.
While 22 ministers, including the minister of mining and petroleum, will keep their jobs, there were shake-ups in the ministries of health, culture, trade and the environment.
Maurice Gervais Rakotoarimanana, an accountant who has worked with the World Bank, will be the next minister of finance and budget.
“This government is ready to fight.Ready to fight against poverty, ready to fight for the development of infrastructure, for education, for health,” President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said in a press conference after the appointment, adding that “special attention” will be given to building the energy sector.