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Interim President names new prime minister

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Haiti’s outgoing President Michel Martelly (left), returns the presidential sash to Senate leader Jocelerme Privert, after Martelly delivered his farewell speech at Parliament in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last month.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (CMC):

Less than 48 hours after lawmakers rejected economist Fritz Jean as the country's new prime minister, interim President Jocelerme Privert has nominated another person for the post.

Professor of administrative law Enex Jean-Charles, who also served as an adviser to several heads of state, was named on Tuesday as a replacement for Jean.

He now has to get parliamentary approval for his policies as Privert seeks to get the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country moving ahead with plans for development as well as fresh presidential elections scheduled for April 24.

Privert has said he will wait for Jean-Charles to get the nod from parliament before naming members of the Provisional Electoral Commission (CEP).

On Sunday, Privert watched as legislators voted down Jean and the CEP that is needed to organise the twice-postponed presidential run-off vote following President Michel Martelly's departure from office on February 7 without any successor being elected.

Last week, Sandra Honore, the top UN envoy for Haiti, told the United Nations Security Council that Haiti was at a "critical juncture" in consolidating its democracy and the next few weeks would be decisive.