News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Weds. Oct. 5, 2011: Haiti has finally gotten a new prime minister, a decision that many now hope will mean movement on rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged nation.
Haiti’s Senate yesterday approved Garry Conille 17-3, as the country’s new prime minister, endorsing President Michel Martelly’s third nominee for the post.
Nine lawmakers abstained, according to Senate President Rodolphe Joazile.
Conille, 45 is a medical doctor and U.N. development expert. He has a long career with the United Nations specializing in development and health issues, brings useful recent experience to the post, having worked as chief of staff to former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the latter’s role as special U.N. Haiti envoy.
Conille is expected to be sworn into office swiftly.