Aristide picks prime minister
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- (AP) -- Two days after being sworn in
as Haiti's new
president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Friday designated economist Jean-Marie
Cherestal as prime minister, said ruling party spokesman Jonas Petit.
If confirmed, Cherestal will hold wide responsibilities over the
formulation of policy
and day-to-day administration. Among his first duties would be the selection of
the Haitian Cabinet.
Cherestal was a finance minister and planning minister in the
administration in the 1990s, and is a member of Aristide's Lavalas Family Party.
In an interview with Radio Kiskeya, Cherestal said he would choose
Cabinet ``in the spirit of opening that President Aristide developed in his inaugural
Aristide was elected Haiti's president by 92 percent of voters
elections boycotted by the main opposition parties. They alleged May legislative
and local balloting was rigged to give 10 Senate seats to Lavalas party candidates