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Tue Sep 16 11:27:29 SAST 2014

Madagascar cabinet resigns

Sapa-dpa | 18 October, 2011 12:47
South Africa's deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Marius Fransman addresses the signing ceremony of the Southern Africa Development Community, SADC, proposed roadmap to end the Madagascar crisis on September 17, 2011 in Antananarivo. File photo.
Image by: AFP PHOTO/Gregoire POURTIER

Madagascar's de facto premier has resigned along with his cabinet, paving the way for the formation of a new government by consensus, according to a letter published Tuesday.

The official letter of resignation, dated Monday, was the first step towards ending two years of political stalemate in the country.

Albert Camille Vitalis resigned as premier, so a new person could be chosen for the job by November, to create a transitional government that would lead the country to elections in about a year.

The moves are all part of a peace deal reached in September between most of the Indian Ocean island's main political parties.

Andry Rajoelina, a former disc jockey, took over the country in a coup in 2009, ousting elected president Marc Ravalomanana.

Since then, the country has seen its economic situation deteriorate, as foreign donors cut off aid.

Most of Madagascar's population lives in dire poverty.

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