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Evans Paul nominated as Haiti's new PM

Published:Friday | December 26, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Haitian President Michel Martelly has nominated veteran politician Evans Paul to be the new Prime Minister, in continued efforts to settle a political crisis in the country, prompted by delayed elections in the country.

Paul’s nomination comes on the heels of the resignation of Laurent Lamothe earlier this month following public protests in the capital, over the government’s failure to hold legislative elections in the past three years.

His nomination must first be approved by both chambers of the legislature, before he can set about the task of forming a new government.

Paul will take over from Florence Duperval Guillaume, the former Health Minister, who was appointed interim Prime Minister in the wake of Lamothe’s resignation.

Paul, a former mayor of Port-au-Prince, was also an ally of the former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He was also a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission, which was appointed in November to address the crisis.

Earlier this week the United Nations and its international partners stated they welcomed the appointment of an interim prime minister, and the Haitian government’s steps to adopting recommendations by the commission.

Failure by the government to hold elections before January 12 will result in the country being without a functioning government, and President Martelly will rule by decree until presidential elections are held later in the year.

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