PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — It was second time lucky for interim President Jocelerme Privert after Parliament yesterday approved his choice for prime minister less than a week after rejecting United States-trained economist Fritz Jean.
The Lower House Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of Jean-Charles serving as a transitional government’s prime minister by a 78-1 vote, with two deputies abstaining.
The Senate had unanimously ratified his policy statement late Thursday.
Since 1991, the 55-year-old, who is professor of administrative law at the Faculty of Law and Economics of the State University of Haiti, has published numerous articles and research reports on the administrative policy development, local participation, and decision-making in administrative matters. He is the author of the Haitian Administrative Law Manual.
Last Sunday, Privert watched as legislators voted down Jean and the Provisional Electoral Commission (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 U.N. 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.
“It is with a feeling of a heavy load in an extremely difficult situation that I accepted the post of prime minister,” Jean-Charles had said after his nomination was announced on Tuesday.
Privert, who had earlier said he will wait for Jean-Charles to get the nod from Parliament before naming members of the CEP, will now seek to move ahead with plans for development as well as fresh presidential elections scheduled for April 24.
Before his nomination was approved, Jean-Charles said his Government would apply the “technical recommendations” of a special electoral commission that examined the disputed October 25 first-round presidential vote and made various proposals to improve polling and overall transparency.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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