Sunday, May 6, 2012
Lawmakers in Haiti have approved Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe as the new prime minister of the earthquake ravaged Caricom country, ending the stalemate caused by the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Garry Conille a few weeks ago.
Lamothe was a former special adviser to President Michel Martelly and also served as co-chairman of an economic advisory panel with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Lamothe, who is 39, told reporters that he will tackle Haiti's extreme poverty, rebuild public buildings that collapsed in the quake, and restore the population's confidence in the government. He also promised to move the more than 400,000 people displaced by the earthquake who remain in makeshift settlements.