Saturday, May 21, 2011

The entrepreneur Daniel Gerard Rouzier is named prime minister of Haiti

Haitian President Michel Martelly, appointed on Friday the entrepreneur Daniel Gerard Rouzier, 51, as prime minister of Haiti, told AFP the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Saurel Jacynthe. "Mr. Rouzier has been appointed as prime minister," Jacynthe confirmed in a telephone interview. "President Martelly informed the presidents of both houses of Parliament to inform Rouzier's election as prime minister, had earlier said a cabinet member Martelly on condition of anonymity.

The announcement comes after a series of meetings between the new head of state and leaders of Parliament. The appointment of the prime minister must be ratified by Parliament which must obtain a favorable vote in both houses, currently dominated by init (unit, in Creole), the party of former President Rene Preval.

Martelly has only three members of his party in Parliament. The outgoing prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, presented the resignation last Friday, but will continue in office until the appointment of his replacement. Daniel Gerard Rouzier is a successful businessman at the head of several companies in Haiti.

Studied in the U.S. and has a master's degree in accounting. He has published three books, including "The Power of Ideas' (2002) and" Faith, Love and Hope "(2006). His biography presents him as owner of one of the most complete libraries of Haiti and as an avid collector of Haitian art and French comic books of the 20th century.

He is married and has 3 children.

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