Madagascar to form new government

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Posted: Mar 10, 2011 12:21 PM
Madagascar to form new government

Madagascar's president says a multiparty transitional government will be formed within days to help resolve the Indian Ocean island's political crisis.

Andry Rajoelina on Thursday said the country's prime minister and his government have resigned. Rajoelina can stay in power until the elections, but he must choose a prime minister and government from candidates proposed by all the parties.

Thursday's resignations follow an agreement Wednesday signed by all parties except that of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana. That party approved the mediation process but said the agreement gives the president too much power, especially that of choosing a premier from nominations put forward.

Rajoelina took power in Madagascar with military backing in 2009.