Nam congratulates Madagascar on appointment of PM and cabinet.

WINDHOEK: Foreign Affairs’ Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has congratulated the government and people of Madagascar on the appointment of Laurent Roger Kolo Christopher as new Prime Minister (PM).

Laurent Christophe was appointed PM by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on 11 April this year.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, on behalf of Namibia, also congratulated that country on the appointment of a new Cabinet, which was unveiled on 16 April 2014.

The Foreign Affairs’ Minister said in a media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday that these two undertakings bring to a close the long process of establishing a government in the sisterly country of Madagascar.

“In full appreciation of this achievement, the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba heartily congratulates the government and people of Madagascar for successfully forging ahead with national reconciliation and national rebuilding, and pledge the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s continuous support,” she noted.

Nandi-Ndaitwah reiterated a call on the international community to continue rendering support to the government and people of that country in their national efforts to further entrench democracy and national reconstruction.

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.

The newly-appointed PM then started three private centres of radiology in the period between 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.

Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands.