Boniface Alexandre, President of Haiti

Boniface Alexandre, President of Haiti

Before Boniface Alexandre became the President, he was an honest, competent Supreme Court Chief Justice in a judicial system fraught with corruption. When President Aristide fled the country, he took charge as the President of the country under the constitution. Despite his declaration that he was in charge, Haitian constitution called for approving his appointment by the Parliament. Further, his appointment was unapproved by the legislature because the lawmakers' terms had expired much before in the beginning of that year. Alexandre was raised by his uncle, former Haitian Prime Minister Martial Célestin. He joined Court of Appeals in 1980s and in 1990, became a member of the 12 Supreme Court before he was appointed as the Chief Justice about a decade later.

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