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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.

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Haiti’s Senate Approves Prime Minister-Designate

Voice of America

March 16, 2017

Haiti's newly nominated Prime Minister Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant greets Senate members after his speech at the national palace during the ceremony of his nomination as new prime minister in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Friday Feb. 24, 2017. President Jovenel Moise announced in a late Wednesday tweet that he and Haiti's two legislative leaders have agreed upon the nomination of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant. Lafontant is a gastroenterologist and head of the Rotary Club in the commercial district of Petionville. Both houses of parliament will vote on whether to confirm Lafontant after he presents a plan of government.( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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 by the lower house and its 119 members. A date has not been set for the balloting.

The Senate vote came at roughly 6:30 a.m. local time, capping nearly 17 straight hours of deliberations about Lafontant’s record and his proposed policies.

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