PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday April 10, 2019 – The man chosen to be Haiti’s interim prime minister after Jean-Henry Ceant and his Cabinet were ousted last month, has officially been given the job.
Prime Minister Jovenel Moise announced on Twitter yesterday that Jean Michel Lapin has been appointed Ceant’s successor.
Suite aux consultations que j’ai eues avec les Présidents de la Chambre des députés et du Sénat de la République, j’ai désigné le citoyen Jean Michel Lapin comme nouveau Premier ministre. pic.twitter.com/OLbewvKpzP
— Président Jovenel Moïse (@moisejovenel) April 9, 2019
Lapin, a former culture and communications minister, was one of three people being considered for the post, and was selected after Moise’s consultations with the Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
The other two were Majorie Alexandre Brunache, a former Consul General of Haiti in Boston and the daughter of former president Boniface Alexandre; and Gabriel Fortuné, the Mayor of Les Cayes.
Lapin must now choose his government before going to the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate to have his programme ratified.
He took over the number two spot in government on an interim basis on March 21, three days after the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of removing Ceant.