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Haiti’s Michel Martelly Welcomes Senate’s Approval of Lamothe as Prime Minister

Above: Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Designate Laurent Lamothe

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haitian President Michel Martelly expressed “satisfaction” at the Senate’s approval Tuesday night of Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe as the country’s next Prime Minister, according to spokesperson Lucien Jura.

Lamothe received 19 votes in favour, three against and one abstention in a vote held Tuesday evening.

Lamothe still requires approval by the Chamber of Deputies; Martelly urged members of Haiti’s 49th Legislature to go in the same direction as their Senate colleagues.

Conille had received a 17-3 vote of approval by the Senate when confirmed in September.

Martelly is keen on a new government being established soon to cope with the challenges currently facing the country, Jura said.

Lamothe was nominated following the resignation of former Prime Minister Garry Conille, who left office in February.

He was previously the CEO and founder of telecom firm Global Voice Group.

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