Haitian Lawmakers Confirm Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime Minister

Haiti’s lower house of parliament confirmed Jack Guy Lafontant as prime minister Tuesday morning after more than 18 straight hours of deliberations.

Lafontant won the backing of house members by a vote of 95-6, with two members abstaining. He had been approved by the Senate last Thursday after its own 17-hour marathon session.

When the house hearing opened at 2 p.m. local time Monday, some demonstrators protested that Lafontant had underpaid the property tax on his home and was delinquent on his income taxes until his designation by President Jovenel Moïse in February.

Sinal Bertrand, who cast one of the six “no” votes, accused his colleagues of selling out their consciences because, he said, Lafontant did not meet his civic obligations.

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