Jean Michel Lapin elected as Haiti’s new prime minister
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moiseannounced that Jean Michel Lapin, who once served as a courier in the public administration, to be the new prime minister of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.
He succeeds Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant.
The former culture and communications minister, Lapin was named acting prime minister on March 21.
Lapin is the third head of government under President Moise, since he came to office in February 2017.
The formation of a new government in Haiti is an International Monetary Fund (IMF) pre-requisite for the disbursement of the first tranche of a US$229 million loan to Haiti.
In 2018, Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, had a record US$290 million deficit, while its national budget was estimated at US$1.8 billion.
♦ Capital: Port-au-Prince
♦ Currency: Haitian gourde
♦ Continent: North America