Monday, April 28, 2008

Lawmaker: Banker to be next Haiti PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Rene Preval on Sunday chose an international banking official to be the troubled country's next prime minister, a Haitian lawmaker said.

Preval has designated Ericq Pierre, a senior official with the Inter-American Development Bank, to succeed ousted Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, said Stephen Benoit, a member of Preval's Lespwa party in the lower house of Parliament.

Haiti's Radio Metropole also reported that Preval had chosen Pierre.

"It's very good that the president picked a new prime minister," Benoit said. "I don't have a problem with his choice."

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