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New premier is sworn in

November 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Economist Jean-Max Bellerive was sworn in as Haiti's prime minister and said he would work to persuade donors that the country was ready for private investment to create jobs.

Donor nations pledged in April to provide $324 million over two years to help rebuild the struggling Caribbean state, the poorest in the Americas and one of the most unstable, but they have been slow to deliver the money.

Bellerive told reporters he hoped to assure donors "that Haiti has changed, that Haiti is ready to open itself to private investment, that Haiti is ready to give reports on its accountability, on transparency."

He replaces Michele Pierre-Louis, who was fired by the Senate on Oct. 30 amid criticism that she failed to improve Haiti's economy and did not do enough to rebuild after a series of devastating hurricanes and storms in 2008.

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