Madagascar's president reappoints PM

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Posted: Mar 16, 2011 7:15 AM
Madagascar's president reappoints PM

Madagascar's president says he has reappointed the prime minister who stepped down earlier this month to make way for a transitional government.

In making the announcement Thursday, Andry Rajoelina said Gen. Albert Camille Vital "and the unity government he will head will reflect national unity."

Vital told reporters he would move quickly to appoint a government under an internationally mediated agreement meant to resolve the crisis set off when Rajoelina took power in Madagascar with military backing in 2009.

Several parties accepted the agreement. But the party of Marc Ravalomanana, the president Rajoelina ousted, objected to Rajoelina retaining the power to choose a prime minister. Ravalomanana nonetheless says he accepts the mediation efforts.