Florence Duperval Guillaume named interim Prime Minister of Haiti


Haiti’s Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume has been named interim Prime Minister to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests. The BBC writes that, according to the Haitian Constitution, Duperval Guillaume may be in that position on an interim basis for up to 30 days before the election is designated for parliamentary approval. Here are excerpts from a Haiti Libre article:

Enex Jean-Charles, the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers announced “I have the honor to inform you that, following the resignation of the Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe and his removal from the post for personal reasons, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population, was designated as Acting Prime Minister in accordance with Article 165 of the Constitution.”

It seems that the position of the opposition on the choice of a new prime minister has forced President Martelly, to avoid a confrontation and a blocking of the ratification by Parliament, to apply as we mentioned in our previous articles, the designation of an Acting Prime minister, in accordance with the Constitution, using Article 165 which states in its second part “[…] In case of permanent incapacity duly established of the Prime Minister or his removal from the post for personal reasons, the President chooses an acting Prime Minister from among the members of the cabinet pending the formation of a new government within a period not exceeding 30 days.”

For more information, see http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12778-haiti-flash-dr-florence-duperval-guillaume-new-acting-prime-minister-of-haiti.html  in English and http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2014/12/141221_ultnot_america_latina_haiti_duperval_lav in Spanish.

Photo from http://www.haititechnews.com/haiti-sante-et-tic-un-defi-a-vaincre-par-le-minsitre-florence-duperval-guillaume/

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