Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Background on Jocelerme Privert, Haiti’s Interim President

On February 14th, Jocelerme Privert was appointed interim president by Haiti’s parliament. His appeal to both the private sector and the people, coupled with his experience in the government, were determinant factors in his new appointment as interim president. Anti-government protests denouncing the fraudulent elections of October 25th have quieted since his appointment to office. The article touches on his political experience and his detention after the false accusations relating to the “La Scierie” massacre. His main tasks will be be to restore faith in the political process and to run fair elections in the near future.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full text.

Haiti’s Jocelerme Privert: From ‘political prisoner’ to president

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

February 18, 2016

Haiti’s provisional President Jocelerme Privert, center right, walks with his wife Ginette Michaud and Chamber of Deputies President Cholzer Chancy, left front, during his installation ceremony, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

In the days since his unconventional rise to the pinnacle of power, the man who successfully managed President Michel Martelly’s exit and then got parliament to elect him as the nation’s interim head of state, has been busy meeting with opposition and business leaders, political militants and experts on the economy.

Those who know Jocelerme Privert say that is his trademark modus operandi.

“There are very few individuals who have as strong a backing from both the formal, forward-looking private sector and the radical elements on the streets,” said Lionel Delatour, a private sector consultant and political analyst.

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