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Madagascar's New Government


Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 25, 2014

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The United States welcomes the formation of a new government in Madagascar following the presidential and National Assembly elections held in late 2013. The installation of a new government marks a critical step in Madagascar’s return to democracy after five years of political and economic instability.

The appointment by President Rajaonarimampianina of Prime Minister Roger Kolo and a new slate of ministers presents an opportunity to break with the past and begin to rehabilitate the economy, strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and rule of law, protect Madagascar’s unique biodiversity, and restore respect for human rights. The United States looks forward to working with the new government to promote a prosperous, democratic, and healthy future for all Malagasy.

The United States remains one of Madagascar’s largest partners, providing over $55 million in FY 2013 for food security and health programs. Nearly 150 Peace Corps volunteers serve throughout the country.

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