Former Top Aide To Clinton Is Haitian PM Nominee

News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Sept. 2, 2011: A former top aide to former U.S. President Bill Clinton is Haitian President Michel Martelly’s latest nominee for prime minister.

Martelly nominated Garry Conille as his third attempt choice for PM. In recent months, legislators have refused to approve his previous two nominees, a decision that has put reconstruction efforts from last year’s devastating earthquake on hold.

Conille, 45, is also likely to meet with opposition since he has not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years, a constitutional requirement for the post.
Conille began his career with the U.N. in 1999 and served in Ethiopia and, until June, in Niger. He is a seasoned development worker and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from the State University of Haiti.

After last year’s earthquake, Conille worked as chief of staff for Clinton in his position as U.N. special envoy.