Haitian lawmakers confirm Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime minister

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Under: Politic
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The lower house of Haiti's parliament has confirmed Jack Guy Lafontant as prime minister on Tuesday morning after more than 18 hours of debates.

Lafontant, a medical Dr, was confirmed by the members of the chamber by a 95-6 votes, with the abstention of two legislators. The prime minister was approved by the Senate last Thursday after a 17-hour session.

Many protested against the process in front of the legislative building, on the ground that Lafontant allegedly did not pay due tax on his property until he was tapped by President Jovenel Moise for the post last month.

President Jovenel Moise who has a majority in the Senate, was expected to have his nominee approved easily. During an open mic on monday night, during the confirmation hearing, a legislator was heard asking for the time of Lafontant's inauguration even though the vote to confirm him had not yet taken place.

One of Lafontant's supporters, Gary Bodeau, called the confirmation a "victory" for Haiti, which desperately needs a functioning government to tackle the most pressing matters at hand.

Lafontant is expected to take the oath of office sometimes this week.

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