In a move emphasizing continuity, President Andry Rajoelina has chosen to reappoint Christian Ntsay as Prime Minister. Ntsay, who has held the position since Rajoelina’s ascent to power in 2019, is known for his steadfast presence in the role. At the Iavoloha State Palace on Thursday evening, amidst applause from around sixty members of the ruling party, President Rajoelina put an end to speculation, describing it as a “wise decision” that will enable swift action. He emphasized the importance of having an “integral, loyal, and experienced” individual at the helm.
Christian Ntsay is no stranger to the Prime Minister’s seat, having occupied it continuously since his appointment in 2019. Before that, he earned the trust of former President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, serving as the head of government in 2018.
For his second term, President Rajoelina has assigned two key objectives to Prime Minister Christian Ntsay: overcoming obstacles to the country’s development and combating corruption. In his year-end address, Rajoelina underscored the need to address the daily challenges faced by the Malagasy people and elevate the economy.
In pursuit of these goals, the President introduces a new approach where competence and merit take precedence over popularity. A significant test for the administration will be the composition of the upcoming government, expected in the coming days. President Rajoelina announced a rigorous technical competency assessment for prospective ministers, signaling a departure from traditional selection criteria.