Legislators in Haiti reject nominee for prime minister

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haitian lawmakers Sunday night rejected economist Fritz Jean as the country’s new prime minister sending the provisional government in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country into a state of uncertainty.

Jean, named by Interim President Jocelerme Privert needed at least 60 of the 119 members of the Lower House to support his nomination.

But when the vote was taken on Sunday evening, he received 38 votes with 36 against with one legislator abstaining.

“Mr Prime Minister, 38 deputies voted in favour to your general policy statement, as the majority required in terms of section 158 of the 1987 amended Constitution is at least 60 votes, which constitutes the absolute majority required, your general policy statement is rejected.”

The vote leaves President Privert without a person to run the government’s day-to-day affairs and he also failed to get support for the new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) that is needed to organise the twice-postponed presidential run-off vote now tentatively scheduled for April 24.

Father Joseph to be screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival

PALM BEACH, Fl — The Palm Beach International Film Festival will screen Father Joseph on April 8 and April 12 at the Palm Beaches Theatre. The film follows Father Joseph Phillipe’s “life-changing work.”

“Father Joseph has overcome so many obstacles, and he’s never lost his vision or sense of humor. Through education for the poor and empowering peasant women, he is helping build democracy and hope in Haiti. It’s an inspiration for people everywhere,” said Jeff Kaufman, the director of FATHER JOSEPH, “We are excited about TransMedia connecting people in Florida, and around the country, to Father Joseph and the film.”

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