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On Saturday, July 14, Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant declared in the lower house of Haiti's legislature: "I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic", who has "accepted my resignation". With this statement, the Prime Minister had managed to avoid a likely vote of no confidence to stepped down.
Mr. Lafontant took office less than one year and half ago, in February 2017. On Saturday, the Haitian parliament had been debating whether or not to give Lafontant a vote of confidence for more than three hours. With the resignation of the prime minister, Haiti now has no functioning government. President Jovenel Moise will need to dominate a new Prime Minister.
Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday, on July 7, 2018, amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices. The announcement of the government's plan to raise fuel price set off a wave of deadly protests and took at least 7 lives. Lafontant resigned on second day of violent protests sparked by the now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices. He submitted his resignation before the call of a no-confidence vote, which had the possibility to lead his removal. The prime minister is the second highest official in Haiti, after the president. While speaking in the lower house of Haiti's legislature on Saturday, he said, "Before coming here, I presented my resignation to the president of the republic."President Moise confirmed via Twitter that he had accepted Lafontant's resignation along with those of other Cabinet members.
Mr. Lafontant, a 57-year-old doctor, was relatively unknown until he was handpicked by President Jovenel Moïse 16 months ago. In this light, chamber president Gary Bodaeu wrote on his Twitter account that the legislature "is at a crossroads in history; it must assume its responsibilities."
Plan to hike the fuel price is a part of the plan to reduce subsidy under an agreement with the government with the IMF for granting a low interest loan amounting to $96 million under "Staff-Monitored Program (SMP). The opposition MPs in Congress warned that if the price increases were reinstated there would be more violence and protests on the streets. On Thursday, July 12, 2018, the IMF has suggested for a more gradual approach, a step-by-step withdrawal of subsidy which will ultimately generate the exchequer a fund totaling around $300 million (£226m). The IMF said scrapping the fuel subsidies would allow more money to be spent on key areas including health and education.
Here is a picture of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant. He is a medical Doctor who was selected by President Jovenel Moise in March, 2017 to become the new Haiti's Prime minister.
The choice of Jack Guy Lafontant to become the new Prime Minister was not expected. He has no government or political experience
Vote of confidence on the general policy of Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles on March 24, 2016
On March 25, 2016, after receiving the vote of confidence on his general policy in the Senate of the Republic, the new Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles said, he felt honored because the Senators have bestowed confidence on his general policy. Earlier in the day, the Chamber of Deputies approved his general policy statement with 78-1 votes; 2 deputies remained abstained from voting. With this approval, now the country has a new Prime Minister and a 15-member cabinet. It is a definite positive move during the transitional period until a new president is elected as per February 5th, 2016 agreement and a critical step toward concluding postponed elections.
In Favor: 20 Senator, 78 Deputies
Against: 0 Senator, 1 Deputy
Abstention: 0 Senator, 2 Deputies
Here is a picture of former Prime Mkinister Evans Paul after he and his ministers have been prohibited from entering the Prime Minister residence in Bourdon.
Now Haiti has two Prime Ministers. One is Fritz Jean, nominated by the interim president Jocelerme Privert and the other is former Prime Minister Evans Paul who has not yet submitted his resignation. The new Haitian Prime Minister Nominee Fritz Jean has submitted his document to the 7-member parliament committee for verification and justification of his candidature in anticipation of securing the vote of confidence. However, unlike interim President Privert, Evans Paul considers the appointment of Jean as Prime Minister is unconstitutional. Mr. Privert in order to maintain the safety and security of all public building has prohibited the entry of Evans Paul to the official residence of the Prime Ministers in Bourdon, because Paul has publicly announced his withdrawal from the government.
After the Coup D'Etat of 1992, Mr. Jean-Jacques Honorat was named prime minister of Haiti. The Military government at the time thought that by having Jean-Jacques Honorat in the position of Prime Minister, it would help the de facto government gain some international recognition. This did not happen. Other stated that he did not have enough time to work on the diplomatic front.
Jean-Jacques Honorat was removed from the position by the military-backed government in June 1992 as he was unable to convince the international community to lift sanctions against Haiti
Here is a picture of veteran politician Evans Paul.
Parlaying his former work as a political activist to higher heights, including his stint as the mayor of Port-au-Prince, Evans Paul has been named as Haiti's new Prime Minister. Haitian President Michel Martelly named Paul his new Prime Minister following the forced resignation of Laurent Lamothe, and a brief run by the minister of health as acting prime minister. President Michel Martelly will, it is widely thought, put pressure on the lawmakers to conform to his choice of Paul. A Senator said recently that they have not yet been called by the president for this purpose.
Breaking News. We just learned that a new interim Prime Minister has been designated.
Former Health minister, Florence Duperval Guillaume became interim prime minister on Sunday December 21, 2014. She will replace Laurent Lamothe.
Based on the guideline set by the Haitian constitution, Ms. Duperval Guillaume can only hold this interim Prime Minister position for up to 30 days. A permanent has to be designated and confirmed within that period
Haiti's interim Prime Minister, Florence Duperval Guillaume, began her governmental career in 2011 when she was named Minister of Health. Within that role, she earned the regard of aid agencies around the world, and made it her mandate to try and reach the 40% of the country that didn't have basic health care, which she outlined as her biggest challenge. The role of Acting Prime Minister is sanctioned under the Haitian Constitution for no more than 30 days, after which parliament must choose a permanent Prime Minister for the embattled country.
Here is a picture of the former World Bank development economist and Prime Minister Marc Luis Bazin
In Haiti, Marc Louis Bazin has somewhat of a reputation of being always the bridesmaid. He's been in the race for President of the country many times for nearly a quarter of a century but has yet to achieve the post. Despite this, Bazin is a well-respected figure in Haitian society and built a reputation even greater for being very vocal against the corruption of the Duvalier regime.
Looking at his track record, the one-time development economist for the World Bank turned finance and economy minister has forged a trail few others have, being one of the only almost permanent fixtures on the Haitian political scene. He ran for president first after returning from the exile imposed on him by his prime minister, Jean-Claude Duvalier. At the time he seemed in the perfect spot for the win, having been exiled by the despotic ruler after he publicly criticized the corruption of the administration.
Born in Cavaillon, Haiti, Mr. Yvon Neptune was a candidate for the 2010 Haiti presidential election. He was appointed as prime minister under President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Neptune also served as speaker of the house.
On March 27, 2004, the provisional government banned Yvon Neptune from leaving Haiti along with 36 other senior officials of the Aristide administration, in order to more easily investigate corruption allegations. He then turned himself in on June 2004 and was held in detention withou. any charge.