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WINDHOEK: The Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Tax has congratulated Laurent Roger Kolo Christophe after his appointment as Prime Minister (PM) of the Republic of Madagascar.

Christophe was appointed premier by Madagascar president Hery Rajaonarimampianina on 11 April this year.

Tax was quoted as saying in a statement released by the SADC Secretariat on Saturday that the appointment opens a new chapter of hope and political stability in Madagascar.

Tax assured the new Madagascar PM as well as the government and people of that country of SADC’s steadfast and unwavering support for their wishes and aspirations in yearning for political stability and socio-economic reconstruction and development.

While looking forward to working closely with the new prime minister in strengthening cooperation within the SADC institutional framework and regional integration, Tax underscored the importance of national reconciliation, nation-building and socio-economic development.

Christophe studied at the University of Antananarivo from 1970 to 1977, where he obtained a degree in medicine.

He specialised in surgery at a hospital in France before he undertook further studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and became a radiologist.

Thereafter, Christophe started three private centres of radiology in the period 1997 to 2003.

He returned to Madagascar in 2013 to participate in the Malagasy presidential election, but his candidacy was not accepted due to not fulfilling the residency condition.