Cécile Manorohanta

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Cécile Manorohanta
Prime Minister of Madagascar
In office
18 December 2009 – 20 December 2009
PresidentAndry Rajoelina
Preceded byEugène Mangalaza
Succeeded byAlbert Camille Vital

Cécile Manorohanta is a Malagasy politician, currently serving in the government of Madagascar as Deputy Prime Minister for the Interior. Previously she was Minister of Defense from 2007 to 2009.

Manorohanta was appointed as Defense Minister on 27 October 2007 in the government of Prime Minister Charles Rabemananjara. She was the first female defense minister in her country.[1]

On 9 February 2009, Manorohanta announced her resignation, saying that "after all that has happened, I decide as of now to no longer remain part of this government,"[2] referring to the shooting on 7 February, during the 2009 Malagasy protests, in which police shot dead at least 50 protesters.[3] Chief of military staff Mamy Ranaivoniarivo was appointed to replace Manorohanta on the same day.[4]

Under Transitional President Andry Rajoelina, Manorohanta was reappointed to the government as Deputy Prime Minister for the Interior on 8 September 2009.[5][6]

On 18 December 2009, Rajoelina dismissed Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza, whose appointment had been endorsed by opposition factions as part of a power-sharing agreement, and stated he would appoint Manorohanta in his place. However, on 20 December 2009 Rajoelina instead appointed Albert Camille Vital as Prime Minister.[7]


  1. ^ "Madagascan leader names new government" The Times, 27 October 2007
  2. ^ Madagascar defense minister resigns
  3. ^ "Madagascar protesters shot dead". Al Jazeera. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  4. ^ "Defence minister quits over Madagascar bloodbath", AFP, 9 February 2009.
  5. ^ "SADC 'rejects, condemns' new Madagascar govt", AFP, 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Monja Roindefo; Un gouvernement de 31 membres", Madagascar Tribune, 9 September 2009 (in French).
  7. ^ "Madagascar leader abandons deal". BBC News. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
Eugène Mangalaza
Prime Minister of Madagascar

Succeeded by
Albert Camille Vital