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Haiti's president proposes new PM candidate

(Xinhua)

13:44, September 02, 2011

SANTO DOMINGO, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly proposed on Thursday a new and the third candidate for prime minister, seeking to end two weeks of intense negotiations with the Inite (Unity) Party that holds the majority in congress.

According to the reports reaching here, Martelly proposed that Gary Conille, a 45-year-old doctor and a senior Haitian official in the UN, to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive.

Conille used to serve as office manager of the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, and has been resident coordinator of the UN System and Humanitarian Coordinator in the West African country of Niger since June.

The Haitian parliament rejected the president's previous two candidates, Daniel Gerard Rouzier and Bernard Gousse. The latter has been accused of committing human rights abuses while serving as justice minister from 2004 to 2006.

The Haitian constitution rules the president should continue to propose candidates for prime minister until the parliament ratifies the nomination.

Earlier this week Senate President Roudolph Joazile, who previously met with Martelly and Congress President Sorel Jacinthe, said the next prime minister should be a "relatively young and prominent person who won't polarize the society."

It is reported in the press Joazile is sending a message that parliamentary leadership backs Conille as the next prime minister.

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