Haiti’s Senate Approves Prime Minister-Designate Jack Guy Lafontant


FILE – Haiti’s newly nominated Prime Minister Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant greets Senate members after his speech at the national palace during the ceremony of his nomination as new prime minister in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti’s prime minister-designate has cleared the first major hurdle toward reaching office.

Jack Guy Lafontant was approved early Thursday in the Senate by a vote of 20-0, with seven lawmakers abstaining. He still has to be approved by the lower house and its 119 members. A date has not been set for the balloting.

The Senate vote came at roughly 6:30 a.m. local time, capping nearly 17 straight hours of deliberations about Lafontant’s record and his proposed policies.

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