Haiti leader names Evans Paul as new PM

2014-12-26 10:00
A screen grab from a video of Evans Paul. (YouTube)

A screen grab from a video of Evans Paul. (YouTube)

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Port-au-Prince - Haitian President Michel Martelly on Thursday named veteran politician Evans Paul prime minister to lead a new government, as he seeks to defuse a crisis over long-delayed elections.

The announcement followed the resignation of Laurent Lamothe from the post earlier this month in the face of repeated calls for him to quit over the failure to hold legislative elections for the past three years.

Lamothe's decision had threatened to plunge the poorest country in the Americas into political chaos once again.

Martelly named Paul as a replacement by presidential decree while awaiting ratification by both chambers of the legislature "in order to form a new government," his office said in a statement.

A former political activist, Paul was part of the movement that toppled former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in 1986.

He was elected mayor of the capital Port-au-Prince and was seen as a close ally of then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

His relations with Duvalier soured when Paul was tipped as a potential successor as head of state.

Arrested in 1988 under the military government of Prosper Avril, Paul was held in prison and tortured by the military along with other political activists.

The president is expected to pressure lawmakers to confirm his choice for prime minister.

"We have not yet been summoned by the president. He is due to speak about the future of the legislature after 12 January and before we can vote on a new government," a senator told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Opposition parties have organized a series of anti-government protests to demand that Martelly step down due to claims he is seeking to rule by decree after 12 January, when the legislature's current mandate ends.

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