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Privert appoints new Prime Minister: Fritz Jean

On February 26th, Fritz Jean was introduced as the new Prime Minister by interim President Jocelerme Privert. Fritz Jean was the chair of the Haitian Central Bank from 1999 to 2002. In the past, he has been affiliated to the Lavalas Party. Former prime minister Evans Paul boycotted the ceremony in an effort to express his disapproval of Privert’s use of executive power to appoint what he perceived as an ally.

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U.S.-educated economist is new interim Haiti prime minister

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

February 26, 2016

Fritz Alphonse Jean, a U.S.-educated economist who once headed Haiti’s central bank, was installed Friday as the country’s new prime minister to help lead a caretaker government and complete suspended elections that have left Haiti without an elected president or full parliament.

In his acceptance speech, Jean acknowledged that his task is huge: He must not only create the conditions necessary for Haiti to hold free, fair, and transparent presidential and partial legislative elections by April 24, but simultaneously re-establish macro-economic stability.

“I am aware of the task … that you have entrusted to me to win the trust of all stakeholders in this crisis,” Jean said.

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