PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Economist Fritz Jean, the former governor of Haiti’s central bank, has been named as the country’s new prime minister in an interim government.
Jean was chosen by Haiti’s provisional President Jocelerme Privert late Thursday from a field of six candidates.
Jean is supposed to appear before Haiti’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies in upcoming days. He told a local radio station on Friday that a big debate among Haitians is the only way to save the country and they need to find a consensus to move Haiti forward.
“We have to identify the different values of this country and bring them together to create the energy needed to face our problems,” he said.
Outgoing Prime Minister Evans Paul denounced Jean’s appointment during a brief news conference on Friday and warned Haiti’s interim government was headed into chaos. Paul said he would not attend Jean’s induction ceremony Friday afternoon at the National Palace.
The interim government is expected to last 120 days as it prepares to hold a postponed runoff election on April 24. A newly elected president is to be installed on May 14.
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