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Confusion in Madagascar as PM denies having resigned

Confusion in Madagascar as PM denies having resigned

Madagascar

Following the Malagasy presidency’s announcement on Friday that Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo had resigned, he has denied having left office, creating confusion in a country just emerging from a long political crisis.

“I spoke with the president this morning about resignation and I answered that I was first talking to my family. It was after the meeting, in my car, then I heard the announcement of my resignation,” he told reporters from his office .

“So far I have not resigned. However, in the best interests of the nation, I will tender my resignation at a better time,” he continued, without divulging more.

So far I have not resigned. However, in the best interests of the nation, I will tender my resignation at a better time.

For several weeks, the Malagasy media reported of a conflict between the Prime Minister who has been in office since January last year and the Head of State.

On Monday the media criticized ministers, blaming them over the poor state of infrastructure in the country.

This follows a demonstration by residents of a neighborhood in the capital, about the deteriorating state of the roads.

According to local news agencies, relations between the President and the Prime Minister have worsened in recent weeks, but the duo continue to deny these reports.