Last Thursday, a cabinet meeting was led by the president of the transition, Andry Nirina Rajoelina, at the state palace of Iavoloha, to decide about the next cyclone season that the country has to face soon, and the Finance act 2010.This was the first cabinet meeting led by Andry Nirina Rajoelina as a president of the transition.
This cabinet meeting was unusual because the co-president Fetison Rakoto Andrianirina, and the prime minister Eugène Mangalaza, were both missing. Only the president Andry Nirina Rajoelina, the co-president Emmanuel Rakotovahiny, the ministers of the Monja Roindefo’s government II, as well as their respective general secretaries, were present. According to the additional charter of Addis-Abeba, a cabinet meeting held during the transition, has to be led by the presidential council: the president and its two co-presidents. Still on the view of this charter, an ordinance issued during the transition, has to bear the signatures of the president and its two co-presidents.
Nobody knows why the prime minister was missing; according to some sources, he did not want to attend a cabinet meeting with a government which was not a “consensus government”. Obviously, he did not agree with the proposal (or order?) of Andry Nirina Rajoelina to keep the ministers of Monja Roindefo’s government II for the sake of “continuity of the state”. The co-president Fetison has declared that he has not agreed with holding this cabinet meeting. “A cabinet meeting is legal only when it is held with the consensus government” One of his collaborator said. “This cabinet meeting is illegal … then, the decisions from it are all null and void” Fetison declared.
During the cabinet meeting, the president Andry Nirina Rajoelina has announced that the International community has collected US$ 6,000,000 to help Madagascar to face the coming cyclone season (05 cyclones expected). This amount of money should be granted to the BNGRC (National Office of risks and disasters management. Will this money be “honestly” used by Andry Nirina Rajoelina and its transition? Will it really go to the victims of the cyclones? Let’s wait and see, but one thing is sure, such amount of money will surely raise a lot of temptations.
The 2010 finance act has also been discussed. It is among the priorities of the transition because the whole state budget depens on that, specifically the wages of civil servants for the whole period of 2010. Andry Rajoelina would like to be very careful with civil servants and militaries because he knows very well that his power lies on them. Let us not forget, nevertheless, that 70% of the state budget are supported by the IMF and the EU. The EU, through a declaration of the German ambassador, will delay its budgetary aids. Nowadays, most of the Malagasy civil servants live in fear of not receiving their pay check for December and for 2010. The minister of finance, Hery Rajaonarimampianina has declared that this 2010 finance act will not provide any fiscal exemptions except for rice and paddy import operations.