But Laurent Lamothe, a close friend and former business associate of President Michel Martelly, also is a political novice who officially took over the second toughest job in Haiti on Wednesday as he and his 21-member Cabinet were sworn-in.
“I have the ambition of working and being the prime minister that takes care of the people’s needs,’’ Lamothe, 39, told The Miami Herald. “In Haiti … you have to focus on tomorrow, and make sure tomorrow is better than today.”
And that work begins immediately said Lamothe, announcing a massive street clean-up, road improvements and increased security measures. The makeover will be combined with several new reforms he plans to send parliament, he added.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian lawmakers have approved President Michel Martelly’s choice for a new prime minister, ending a two-month impasse that had hampered the country’s efforts to rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
The Chamber of Deputies voted 62-3 with two abstentions shortly before midnight Thursday to confirm Laurent Lamothe, who will serve as Haiti’s head of government and lead earthquake reconstruction efforts. Lamothe was a special adviser to Martelly before being named foreign affairs minister and has been co-chairman of an economic advisory panel with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Proving that he meets eligibility requirements to be the Prime Minister appears challenging for Laurent Lamothe who submitted 58 documents at the request of 14 by the Haitian Senate to support his ratification.
According to Senator Steven Benoit (Ouest/Alternative), this is the first time a candidate for the prime ministry has submitted such a quantity of supporting documents, 58, when only 14 are needed. Senator Benoit says even with the 58 submissions, items critical to obtaining ratification are still outstanding.
The Constitution of Haiti requires that a Prime Minister be a Haitian citizen and had never renounced their nationality, or have accepted nationality in another country. The Head of Government also would have to had resided in Haiti for at least five (5) consecutive years.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti’s foreign affairs minister says his country has signed an agreement with Cuba to receive help in maintaining the government’s vehicles.
Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe says the deal will bring 34 Cuban mechanics to make repairs to school buses, garbage trucks and heavy equipment.