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Madagascar names new prime minister, eyes World Bank aid

By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar named Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, a radiologist who lived abroad for decades, as its new prime minister on Friday, as part of a process aimed at ending prolonged political turmoil on the Indian Ocean island. Kolo, 70, faces a big challenge reviving the mineral-rich island's economy, which has slumped since a 2009 military coup.

Madagascar names new prime minister, eyes World Bank aid

By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar named Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, a radiologist who lived abroad for decades, as its new prime minister on Friday, as part of a process aimed at ending prolonged political turmoil on the Indian Ocean island. Kolo, 70, faces a big challenge reviving the mineral-rich island's economy, which has slumped since a 2009 military coup.

Madagascar names new prime minister, eyes World Bank aid

By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar named Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger, a radiologist who lived abroad for decades, as its new prime minister on Friday, part of a process aimed at ending prolonged political turmoil on the Indian Ocean island. Kolo, 70, faces a big challenge reviving the mineral-rich island's economy, which has slumped since a 2009 military coup.

Madagascar names new prime minister: presidency official

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar has named Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger as its new prime minister, a senior presidency official said on Friday, part of a process aimed at ending years of political crisis on the Indian Ocean island. In January, Hery Rajaonarimampianina an ally of former president and coup leader Andry Rajoelina, took office pledging to woo investors after winning an election the month before, the first such poll since a coup in 2009.

Madagascar says IMF restores ties five years after coup

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has restored ties with Madagascar for the first time since a coup on the Indian Ocean island in 2009, the government said on Thursday, making it the first donor to do so since a peaceful election late last year. The election of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina marked an important step towards ending a five-year political crisis that saw donors suspend funds, depriving the government of cash and stunting economic growth.

IMF restores ties with Madagascar five years after coup

By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has restored ties with Madagascar for the first time since a coup on the Indian Ocean island in 2009, a vital step to rebuilding confidence in the battered economy. The election of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in December marked an important step towards ending a five-year political crisis that saw donors suspend funds, depriving the government of cash and stunting economic growth.

Madagascar says IMF restores ties five years after coup

By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has restored ties with Madagascar for the first time since a coup on the Indian Ocean island in 2009, the government said on Thursday, a vital step to rebuilding confidence in the battered economy. The election of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in December marked an important step towards ending a five-year political crisis that saw donors suspend funds, depriving the government of cash and stunting economic growth.

Madagascar's former strongman rejects premiership offer

Madagascar's former strongman Andry Rajoelina said he would not compete for the post of prime minister in the newly elected government, despite his party's dominance in parliament. "After a meeting of our national office, I was chosen to occupy the post of prime minister," he told a press conference. "But I told them I would not endorse this position," he said, without giving a clear indication of his reasons. Last month's presidential elections were the first polls since Rajoelina led a coup in 2009.

New Madagascar leader declares war on illegal logging

Madagascar's new leader vowed Wednesday to toughen his government's crackdown on the illegal trafficking of precious woods from the Indian Ocean island. Hery Rajaonarimampianina said he would personally "wage this battle against the trafficking of rosewood." "The political will exists to fight this evil; it is essential to assert the rule of law," he said in a statement. The protege of former strongman Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as president on January 25 following elections to restore democracy.

US urges Madagascar leader to gain population 'confidence'

The White House Monday urged Madagascar's new leader to form a government with the "confidence" of the population, but declined to say whether it would extend him an invitation to a Washington summit. Madagascar's new leader, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, was sworn in Saturday after winning elections last month. The African Union said Monday it had lifted its four-year suspension of Madagascar following the democratic elections, the first since a 2009 coup by former strongman Andry Rajoelina.
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