Nominated Haiti Prime Minister Seeks Parliament Nod on Program

The relatively unknown Jack Guy Lafontant is tasked with steering the government’s legislative program through parliament

Haiti’s fledgling government faced one of its first major tests on Wednesday as newly nominated prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant presented policy proposals to parliament, hoping to receive a vote of confidence on his plans.

The relatively unknown Lafontant, a medical doctor, is tasked with steering the government’s legislative program through parliament in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Under Haiti’s amended constitution, Lafontant needs to receive a vote of confidence from both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies before moving forward on his program.

Though President Jovenel Moise’s Bald Heads party and its allies control the majority in parliament, getting a prime minister’s agenda approved has historically always been a bruising battle.

If parliament confirms plans by Lafontant, perhaps best known as the president of the Rotary Club in the upscale district of Petionville, and allows him to choose other ministers, it would mark the country’s first elected government in a year.

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SOURCE: The Indian Express