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Haiti May Soon Have an Interim Prime Minister

After Haiti’s Parliament rejected the interim president’s pick for Prime Minister on Sunday, it seemed impossible for Haiti to hold elections by April 24 and swear in a president by May 14 as stipulated in a February 2016 accord. Now, Haiti may be back on track to hold those elections, as Parliament gets ready to vote on the next pick for interim Prime Minister, Enex Jean-Charles. But will there be time for a verification of the past rounds of elections and a financial audit of the Martelly government as many have been demanding?

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After parliament’s rejection, Haiti names a new prime minister

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
March 23, 2016

Haiti's interim President Jocelerme Privert, center, arriving with new interim Prime Minister Fritz Jean, behind right, on Feb. 26 for Jean’s induction ceremony at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jean, an economist and former governor of Haiti's central bank, was rejected by the Lower Chamber of Deputies on March 20.

Days after Haitian lawmakers rejected a notable economist to help lead a caretaker government, interim President Jocelerme Privert is now placing his bets on a seasoned lawyer and presidential adviser to take the country to elections.

Enex Jean-Charles was tapped to be the next prime minister after meetings between Privert and parliamentarians Tuesday to find a consensus over his nomination. A university professor who has been behind the scenes in the National Palace for years, Jean-Charles is considered to be a well-read and experienced lawyer.

He has served as a presidential adviser to former presidents Boniface Alexandre, who headed the U.S.-backed transitional government from 2004-06, and most recently René Préval and Michel Martelly. He was in Préval’s private cabinet and served as executive director of the council of ministers under Martelly.


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