by Yves Pierre-Louis & Daniel Tercier, Haiti Liberté, March 30, 2016
After over a year of de facto government headed by former Prime Minister Evans Paul and one week after the Chamber of Deputies rejected economist Fritz Alphonse Jean as Prime Minister, a new government was sworn in and installed on Mar. 28.
The new interim government is led by Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, who received the blessing of Parliament, during an expedited session, on Thu., Mar. 24, 2016. Mr. Jean-Charles is known as a university professor and a functionary in previous Haitian administrations, but he is little known on the Haitian political scene.
As a functionary, he worked in public service for decades in almost every administration, one after another. He was secretary-general of the Prime Minister under Jean-Max Bellerive, President René Préval’s PM, and held the same post early in the government of President Michel Martelly. He was also secretary of the Cabinet under Mr. Martelly, before being appointed Minister of Planning and External Cooperation. After the Chamber of Deputies refused to accept Fritz Jean’s general policy statement, President Jocelerme Privert set is sights on Mr. Jean-Charles for Prime Minister, but the government ministers remain largely unchanged.