Prime Minister - Laurent Salvador Lamothe
Here is Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe taking a souvenir picture with his staff
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, announced his resignation along with several other ministers in a commission's call within a violent environment of anti government protests demanding him to step down. Earlier to his resignation, President Martelly had said that he has accepted the commission's findings and Prime Minister Lamothe is ready to sacrifice and resign. Lamothe had been appointed as the Prime Minister by President Martellly in 2012; and he was Martelly's third nomination for prime minister. Prime Minister Lamothe's farewell speech was delayed past midnight where he said he was leaving "with a sense of accomplishment for remarkable work of government." Some critics accused him of campaigning for own presidency on the public dime. However, he has denied his candidacy. The Prime Minister bid farewell to his co-workers at La Primature and expressed his gratitude for quality collaboration offered by them.
The former US President Bill Clinton doesn't think that it is a good idea to remove Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as it was suggested by the Commission.
Haiti's Big Mistake: Removing Lamothe
Ex-President Clinton said to force Prime Minister Lamothe to resign will be an enormous mistake, setting Haiti back, obliterating the gains it has achieved since the earthquake.
Clinton praised Lamothe for a job well done, adding Haiti ". . . is the most consistent and decisive government . . ." he has worked with on issues across-the-board. They have attracted a wealth of private investment and to throw it all away does not make sense to him.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with his friend Haitian President Michel Martelly
The protestors want government corruption to stop and believe it should start with the disbandment of the Martelly-Lamothe government. They have been scuffling with police outside the National Palace, fired upon by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers and tear-gassed by local police. So far, one man has died near the rubble of the presidential palace.
Martelly is scheduled to meet with members of the CC on Monday to go over its recommendations. Currently three names are being floated for replacing Lamothe: Senator Jocelerme Privert, erstwhile interior minister; ex-prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive; and present Finance Minister Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie.
During Lamothe's time in office he earned recognition for his involvement in pivotal infrastructure projects. But rumors and allegations he mis-handled funds for the Petrocaribe Fuel Program, and he spent too much government money to make himself a favored candidate for the presidency in 2016, turned his political supporters against him.
Here is a picture of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with an elderly Haitian Woman.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe Resigns under Mounting Political Pressure
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, under pressure from the government, civil society, and the international community, declared he was resigning from office on TV in the wee hours of Sunday morning. In his remarks he said he was leaving office ". . . with a feeling of accomplishment" That Saturday, President Michel Martelly, who had welcomed the suggestions of the Consultative Commission (CC), asked for Lamothe's resignation in order to break the gridlock of delayed general elections. Overdue by three-and-half years, it has caused wide-spread violent demonstrations in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
Here is the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe taking the time to fix the tie of a child.
Through his business connections, he gained entry into the political and social world of Haiti, and in time was appointed Special Advisor to Haiti's President Martelly. Lamothe quit his businesses to avoid any improprieties, resulting from conflicts of interest. In 2011, at former President Bill Clinton's invitation, Lamothe co-chaired with Clinton the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti. Shortly thereafter he accepted an appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti.
In 2012, Martelly nominated Lamothe for Prime Minister. He easily won approval from Parliament, 19 to 3 in the Senate and 62 to 3 in the Chamber of Deputies. He was installed on May 4, 2012.
At the recommendation of the Consultative Committee and Martelly's request, Lamothe tendered his resignation to help pave the way for a new government to be formed at the demands of the increasingly powerful opposition.
Here is Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with two two young children.
Prime Minister Lamothe Accomplished and Energetic
Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was born August 14, 1972 in Port-au-Prince, member of a cultured and educated family. After completing his basic education in Haiti, he earned a political science degree in Miami at Barry University (1996). He continued on to graduate school at Miami's Saint Thomas University and achieved his master's in business management.
After completing his studies he launched Global Voice Group, a telecommunications company, which has achieved international prominence as a foremost provider of technological solutions. His contributions to the telecommunications industry soon earned him a nomination in an entrepreneur-of- the-year category.
Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as decided to call it a quit by resigning.
Lamothe Replacement needs Parliament Approval by January 11th
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has decided to resign after being asked by President Martelly to step down. He will leave with other government ministers as recommended by the Consultative Commission (CC). Lamothe said in his resignation speech, during his time in office the ". . . country has undergone a deep and dynamic transformation . . . in benefit of its people" President Martelly said he has welcomed the CC's recommendation of Lamothe's replacement, but will confer with senior officials to come to a consensus about who will replace him.
The resignation of Lamothe will make the present political stalemate more difficult to unravel: Parliament must approve the new prime minister, and no one knows if a replacement can be nominated soon enough should Parliament need to be disbanded.
Here is a picture of Prime minister Laurent Lamothe giving a hand shake to the American president Barack Obama.
The involvement of Laurent Lamothe in Haitian political became fast. He accepted a position of Special Advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly.
As he developed a taste for politic and to avoid conflicts of interest, Laurent Lamothe resigned from his businesses to devote more time to politic. He became a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti CIRH , then Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming Prime Minister
The Haitian Prime Minister has not made it official. In fact, he did announce that he was not interested in becoming president. However, many people still believe that he will run in the next presidential election in Haiti.
So far, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has been visiting several regions in the country and he often receives warm welcome. He is likely to be one of the biggest challenges for the opposition and as a result, he has been the main focus.
So what do you think?
Do you think Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe should run in the next presidential election in Haiti?
One thing that some people see already as a potential barrier for the Prime Minister is to acquire his discharge. This is something that is required in Haitian law. However, there is only one major problem for the Prime Minister. It has to be given by the Haitian Senate
This is something to think about
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