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Haiti’s New Prime Minister Seeks to Unite and Heal Country

After confirmation by the Haitian Senate and Chamber of Deputies, physician Guy Lafontant rose to second-in-command in the Haitian government. As the new Prime Minister, he urged the country to unite and build bridges between polarized, unequal and marginalized communities. Lafontant also stressed the importance of major reforms, and, like President Jovenel Moise, he committed the new administration to prioritizing agricultural investments. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. New prime minister urges Haitians to heal deep divisions David McFadden, Associated Press March 22, 2017 Haiti’s new prime minister on Tuesday urged this deeply polarized country to bridge divisions, and he vowed to bring steady advances even while acknowledging that the struggling nation has no shortage of accelerating problems. Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, a physician and political outsider approved as Haiti’s No. 2 official after clearing a final parliamentary hurdle […]

20-0 Vote in Haitian Senate Approves Prime Minister

Haitian president Jovenel Moise’s pick for Prime Minister, Guy Lafontant, was approved in the Haitian Senate by a 20-0 vote, with 7 abstentions. This marks his first step forward in pursuit of office, after the Senate confirmation hearing was delayed last Monday. The physician has been criticized for his delinquent tax history; he paid five years worth of taxes only after being nominated. Next, the decision will move on to the lower house, which must also approve the designate before he is to take office. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s Senate Approves Prime Minister-Designate Voice of America March 16, 2017 Haiti’s prime minister-designate has cleared the first major hurdle toward reaching office. Jack Guy Lafontant was approved early Thursday in the Senate by a vote of 20-0, with seven lawmakers abstaining. He still has to be approved […]

President Moise selects Dr. Lafontant as his pick for prime minister

Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant has confirmed that he is President Moise’s pick for prime minister of Haiti. Lafontant is not well-known in Haitian politics, but is a close friend and supporter of the new president. The selection comes as a surprise to many, and the doctor now awaits official confirmation from parliament. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Obscure doctor tapped to lead Haiti as prime minister Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald February 22, 2017 An obscure physician who heads the Petionville Rotary Club has been designated as Haiti’s next prime minister by President Jovenel Moïse. Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, a gastroenterologist and member of the American College of Physicians, confirmed to the Miami Herald that he had been tapped and was “awaiting official confirmation.” Cholzer Chancy, the president of the Lower Chamber of Deputies, also confirmed […]

Les nouvelles interdictions de sortie pour des ex-officielles

Les interdictions, émit par Jean Léger, le Chef du parquet de Port-au-Prince, inclut deux anciens Premier Ministres: Laurent Lamothe et Evans Paul entre autres ex-ministres. Selon lui, l’action est un mesure conservatoire pour la justice, pas une manœuvre polico-judiciaire, mais ce n’est pas le premier fois qu’il a fait des interdictions de sortie. Une part d’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Nouvelle vague d’interdictions de sortie du territoire Haiti Libre 1 juin 2016 Lundi dans la soirée le parquet de Port-au-Prince a émit pas moins de 14 nouvelles interdictions de quitter le territoire dont 2 visant deux anciens Premier Ministre : Laurent Lamothe et Evans Paul et au moins 12 anciens ministres du Gouvernement Martelly-Paul (plus de 63% du cabinet ministériel). Liste des ex-Ministres concernés : Ariel Henry, ex-Ministre de l’Intérieur et des Collectivités Territoriales et aussi des Affaires […]

Can the new interim Haitian government hold timely elections?

An accord signed February 5 requires Haiti’s interim government to hold elections by April 24, and a new elected president to take office by May 14. The entire process was delayed, however, when Parliament voted against interim president Privert’s pick for Prime Minister. Parliament has just approved of Privert’s second choice, Enex Jean-Charles, but even he admits that April 24 is probably too soon to hold the next election.  Many Haitians are also calling for a verification of the previous rounds of elections, which the international community has opposed because it would further slow the process. Members of Parliament have also opposed the verification for political reasons. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Interim Haiti prime minister, government finally take charge Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald March 24, 2016 A longtime presidential adviser and administrative law […]

Enex Jean-Charles nommé comme Premier ministre intérimaire d’Haïti

Après que le Parlement ait bloqué le choix du chef de gouvernment, Mr. Privert, pour le poste de Premier ministre, beaucoup de gens stipule qu’Haïti ne peut pas avoir des élections avant le 24 avril, comme l’accord du fevrier 2016 suggere. Maintenant, il semble que le Parlement est prêt à ratifier rapidement le choix de Mr. Privert en occurrence, Mr. Enex Jean-Charles, comme Premier ministre. Plusieurs membres du Parlement ont indiqué qu’ils voteront pour Jean-Charles. Peut-être maintenant les élections auront lieu avant le 24 avril. Mais est-ce qu’il y aura du temps pour la vérification dont le peuple réclame? Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Pour Enex Jean-Charles, tous les députés disent oui Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste 22 mars 2016 La Chambre des députés n’attend que le dossier de Enex J. JeanCharles pour confirmer son éligibilité et l’inviter à présenter l’énoncé de sa politique générale. Le président […]

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