Haitian president's choice for PM is vetoed
Thursday 23 June 2011
Members of Haiti's parliament have rejected President Michel Martelly's choice for the next prime minister, plunging the country into political uncertainty as a new government struggles to get its footing.
The rejection of Daniel-Gerard Rouzier as prime minister is a major setback for President Martelly a month after he took office and assumed responsibility for leading reconstruction efforts in the wake of last year's devastating earthquake.
After several weeks of studying Mr Rouzier's paperwork and credentials, 42 members of the lower-level Chamber of Deputies voted against Mr Martelly's choice of prime minister while only 19 voted in favour. Three deputies abstained. Mr Martelly, a former musician, will now be forced to nominate somebody else, which could take weeks.
Mr Rouzier is a US-educated entrepreneur and an old friend of Mr Martelly. The President was "deeply disappointed" by parliament's decision but would accept it because he was a democratic leader, his office said.
Deputies opposed to Mr Rouzier's nomination accused him of tax evasion and not presenting a copy of the passport on which he regularly travels, raising questions over his citizenship and therefore his eligibility. The Haitian constitution bars high-ranking officials from having dual citizenship.
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Number of global billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis
- 3 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 4 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
- 5 North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Number of global billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis
Elizabeth Norment dead: House of Cards actress honoured by Kevin Spacey after she dies aged 61
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Nigel Farage and Frankie Boyle clash over Andrew Lawrence's 'Mock the Week' criticism
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: English Teacher - Saffron ...
£90 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: Primary School Supply Teache...
£21000 - £35000 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Maths Teacher - Saffro...
£18000 - £20400 per annum + Accommodation, Flights, Medical Cover: Randstad Ed...