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Parliament OKs new premier

November 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The lower house of Haiti's Parliament confirmed Jean-Max Bellerive as prime minister, clearing the way for the economist and veteran politician to form a new government.

An overwhelming majority of members in the Chamber of Deputies ratified Bellerive as premier of the impoverished Caribbean nation. He was appointed to the post by President Rene Preval late last month. The 52-2 vote came a day after the Senate unanimously confirmed Bellerive.

He is expected to be sworn in by Preval this week, after forming a Cabinet and submitting his government plan for formal Parliament's formal approval.

Bellerive, who is respected by diplomats and international donors, replaces Michele Pierre-Louis, who was fired as prime minister by the Senate on Oct. 30.

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