PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday November 14, 2011 – A new Minister of Culture and Communication is to be selected following Friday’s passing of Henriquez Choiseul, the holder of that office.
Choiseul, 51, died at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Canada from cerebral hemorrhage after a long battle with diabetes and hypertension.
Haitian President Michel Martelly said he was saddened by the news, and described Choiseul as a “son” of the country who was willing to work with the government to help bring about change.
President Martelly said he and the members of his government sympathize with relatives and friends of the Minister.
“With the early departure of the holder of Culture and Communication, the country loses a son animated by the desire to support the new government on the path of change as desired by the people of Haiti,” a statement said.
Henriquez was never sworn in to office as he was hospitalized prior to his October 18 inauguration.
He was a former journalist and served in the Renee Préval government between 1996 and 2001.