Former International Labour Organization Representative Mr. Christian Ntsay Named As Prime Minister of Madagascar

On Tuesday June 5 the president of  Madagascar announced that technocrat and former ILO representative of Madagascar will resume a new role as Prime minister of the country. He becomes the fourth PM the president will work with since assuming office in January, 2014.

This is coming after the resignation of  Mr. Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana on June 4, 2018. The former prime minister was mandated to step aside by a court ruling.

Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) has welcomed the appointment of Mr. Christian Ntsay as Madagascar's new Prime Minister.

The AU High Representative to Madagascar, Mr Ramtane Lamamra, said the union was eager to see the return of stability and peace to the island nation.

In the course of his visit, Mr Lamamra has held talks several times with the embattled President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and other political power brokers, including past presidents Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina.

Mr Ntsay will be administered the oath of office on today, according to sources.

"I have named Christian Ntsay, an experienced man with the skills necessary for reconciliation, as prime minister," the President Rajaonarimampianina said at a media conference on Monday.

The Constitutional Court had ordered the nomination of a new prime minister by June 12. Madagascar will hold a General Election this year and Mr Ntsay's primary assignment is to ensure a free, fair and credible electoral process.

Mr Ntsay has since 2008 served as representative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Madagascar to Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune

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