Back to school for new MPs, the stakes are multiple

Back to school for new MPs, the stakes are multiple
Back to school for new MPs, the stakes are multiple

It is the return to the Lower House for the newly elected deputies. The extraordinary parliamentary session, convened a few days ago in the Council of Ministers, which marks their taking office, begins today in Tsimbazaza. According to the agenda, it is a question of setting up the permanent office of the National Assembly. Politically speaking, this will then be the beginning of a fairly important political movement in the country, since the stakes are numerous.

The presidential party, which has the majority in the Lower House, with more than half of the elected representatives, 84, must ensure the stability of the regime and thus choose a strong president capable of imposing discipline at the Tsimbazaza palace. After the exclusion of Christine Razanamahasoa, the MP for Ambatofinandrahana, at the head of this chamber and the presidential platform, IRD, on the eve of the legislative elections on 29 May, questions arise.

The IRD platform has many choices, particularly among the ministers who ran in these legislative elections. Among the names circulating, there is Marie Michelle Sahondraharimalala, former Minister of National Education and no less a close collaborator of President Rajoelina. The possibility of also seeing Augustin Andriamananoro, one of the leading lights of President Rajoelina’s TGV party, former Minister of Communication and Culture, at the head of the Tsimbazaza perch is not excluded. Especially since the former Minister of Education is announced as a prime ministerial candidate.

The second issue of this new extraordinary parliamentary session in Tsimbazaza is precisely this question on the Prime Minister. The law in force in the country indicates that the majority parliamentary group proposes the names of the Head of Government to the President of the Republic who will appoint him by decree and with whom he will have to compose the members of the government. Thus, the Prime Minister in office, in the person of Christian Ntsay, must resign with his ministers. But for the moment, he is traveling in China and will therefore not attend the opening of this extraordinary session.

The immediate change after this new extraordinary parliamentary session is then the reshuffle. A major change should then occur within the government if we believe the current political situation. The idea, for President Rajoelina and his supporters, to ensure the political succession for the future presidential mandate and therefore to realize the presidential projects during the electoral campaign. Seven ministers stood as candidates for the legislative elections and six emerged victorious.

Former government spokesperson Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy, former Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training, was rejected in this election. However, she is a key element of the regime, having always defended President Rajoelina and protected the regime in its escapades. Since she was not elected as a member of parliament, the question is whether the Head of State plans to reappoint her to the future government.

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