Haiti lawmakers rejected PM Jean's power transition plan

Haiti’s lower chamber of parliament refused plan submitted by Prime Minister Fritz Jean, causing difficulties in terms of power transition between interim and elected government

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Haitian Prime Minister Fritz Jean (R) looks at provisional President Jocelerme Privert as he gives a speech at Jean's inauguration ceremony in the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 26, 2016.

A program submitted by Prime Minister Fritz Jean have been rejected by Haiti’s lower chamber of parliament on Sunday, said lawmakers, causing a new difficulty as the country struggles to meet deadlines to transfer power from an interim to an elected government.

Without the approval of the program, recently appointed prime minister cannot form his cabinet or continue organizing the election.

A presidential runoff election scheduled to take place on April 24, according to a recent agreement between the executive and the legislative branches, while a new president is due to take office by May 14.

The election has been postponed several times since last year, most recently in January, because of allegations of electoral fraud and ensuing violence.

"We rejected the program of Fritz Jean because his nomination by President Privert did not meet the consensus requirements which should characterize the prime minister," Deputy Gary Bodeau said after the vote.

President Jocelerme Privert, who was elected by parliament as interim president last month, may be forced to submit a new option for prime minister to the parliament.

"The country's general situation is an emergency," said Antoine Rodon Bien-Aime, from a party supporting the prime minister. "Our colleagues prioritize their partisan interest over the collective interests of the Haitian people."

TRTWorld and agencies