• Haiti names ex-Central Bank head as prime minister

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti’s interim leader Jocelerme Privert on Friday (Saturday in Manila) named a former Central Bank governor as prime minister to help pull the country out of a paralyzing electoral crisis. Appointed by decree, Fritz-Alphonse Jean will work on forming a government before delivering a policy statement to Haitian lawmakers. With some 60 percent of the population suffering from extreme poverty in this poorest of the Americas countries, Jean said he was aware of the challenges he faces, and criticized previous administrations. “For decades, frustrations have piled up in our country due to unkept promises,” the head of state said Friday during his first public speech. “We need to stop improvising and start planning.” Standing by his side, Privert reiterated his goal to unite a highly polarized political system.

    AFP

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