New government named in Haiti

Jean-Henry Ceant. (Photo courtesy CANA)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC)—Haiti has unveiled a new government, two months after Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned following days of violent protests against fuel price rises.

The unrest started after the government unveiled a proposal to remove fuel subsidies. At least four people were killed with shops and buildings burnt and looted.

The authorities said that the new administration, headed by new Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant, will have as its first task to calm socio-economic malaise in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Ceant, 61, is a notary who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2010 and 2016. He was named to the post on August 5 but, in a sign of discord between the legislative and presidential branches, it took a month to reach agreement on his 18-member cabinet.

Six members retained their jobs from the previous cabinet.

The following is the full list of the new government.

Ministerial Cabinet Jean Claudy Pierre, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation; Bocchit Edmond, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cults; Ronald Décembre, Minister of Economy and Finance; Jobert C. Angrand, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development; Fritz Caillot, Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications; Ronell Gilles, Minister of Commerce and Industry; Osner Richard, Minister of the Environment; Marie Christine Stephenson, Minister of Tourism; Jean Roudy Aly, Minister of Justice and Public Security;  Mamatha Irène Ternier, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad; Jean Marie Reynaldo Brunet, Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities; Pierre Agénor Cadet, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training; Elise Gelin, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor;

Marie Greta Roy Clément, Minister of Public Health and Population; Evelyne Sainvil, Minister for the Status of Women and Women’s Rights; Edwing Charles, Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action; Jean Michel Lapin, Minister of Culture and Communication; Enol Joseph, Minister of Defense; Gérald Oriol, Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities; Emile Brutus, Secretary of State for Literacy; Ronsard St-Cyr, Secretary of State for Public Security; and Eddy Jackson Alexis, Secretary of State for Communications.

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