Madagascar's military-backed leader has named a high-ranking officer prime minister.
The unilateral move Sunday by Andry Rajoelina was further defiance of efforts to find a consensus solution to the island nation's political crisis.
Rajoelina came to power in March in what other African governments called a coup. In November, Rajoelina and his rivals agreed on a consensus prime minister, Eugene Mangalaza, in talks mediated by other African leaders. But Rajoelina dismissed Mangalaza on Friday, and named Col. Camille Albert Vital prime minister Sunday.
In a nationally broadcast address, Vital called on all the people of Madagascar, in particular Rajoelina's rivals, to support his government. He adds his priorities are security and organizing elections.