Tuesday, April 29, 2008
In news from Haiti, the new candidate to assume the title of Prime Minister of the Haitian Republic has been announced, and observers say that this candidate is a definite shoo-in. According to reports, the candidate is 63 year old Ericq Pierre, described as "an experienced international civil servant trained in economics and agriculture," who is also a personal friend of President Rene Preval. Members of the Lavalas Party of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide have no objections to the close political ties and say that Pierre's profile fits everybody's objectives. Parliament Speaker Kelly Bastien said that Pierre's accomplishments as top advisor on Argentina and Haiti in the Inter-American Development Bank, and also as Haiti's representative on the IDB board makes him an ideal candidate as a "neutral figure who commands the respect of several of the country's political leaders." If confirmed, Pierre will replace Jacques-Edouard Alexis, ousted on April 12 after a week of riots that killed six people and wounded hundreds over the rising price of food.