Physician Nominated to Be Haiti’s Next Prime Minister

A man not known in political circles has been chosen by Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to be the country’s new Prime Minister.

Moïse said he and the heads of both chambers of parliament have agreed on the nomination of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, a gastroenterologist, to succeed Enex Jean-Charles who submitted his letter of resignation earlier this month to allow Moïse to choose a new prime minister.

“After a second round of consultations with the presidents of both Houses, I chose Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime Minister,” Moïse said in a statement.

Both houses of parliament will vote on whether to confirm Lafontant after he presents a plan of government.

Lafontant, 55, who is also the president of the Rotary Club in the upscale district of Petionville, must choose a Cabinet and prepare a political programme to convince Parliament to confirm him in the position.

No date has been set for Lafontant to go before Parliament for ratification of his political programme.

According to the Miami Herald, Moïse has promised to personally handle the negotiations for Lafontant’s confirmation.

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