Haitian lawmakers reject PM nomination

13:21, June 22, 2011      

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The Haitian parliament Tuesday rejected the nomination of Daniel Gerard Rouzier as the country's new prime minister, forcing President Michel Martelly to pick someone else.

The Chamber of Deputies voted 42 to 19 against Rouzier, a longtime friend of the newly-inaugurated president, on the grounds that he failed to present a copy of the passport on which he regularly travels and thus raised questions over his citizenship and therefore his eligibility.

Rouzier, a local car dealer, had studied in the United States and earned a Master's degree there.

Haiti's constitution bars high-ranking officials from having dual citizenship. Some lawmakers also expressed concern that Rouzier's occupation as a businessman could lead to a possible conflict of interest once he becomes prime minister.

Source: Xinhua
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