Haiti gets new prime minister
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) -- Moving to fill a top job that's been
vacant for six weeks, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will appoint
Senate President Yvon Neptune as prime minister, officials said on Monday.
Neptune, 55, a powerful senator from Haiti's western province and former
spokesman for Aristide's Lavalas Family party, will fill the vacancy that has existed
in the embattled Caribbean country's government since Prime Minister Jean Marie
Cherestal resigned on January 21.
Cherestal stepped down amid allegations of corruption and incompetence.
The Aristide government has been locked in a dispute with the opposition
Democratic Convergence coalition since the May 2000 parliamentary elections,
which Convergence said were tabulated to give Lavalas more seats than it was due.
Convergence refused to take part in November 2000 presidential elections
Aristide won. The quarrel has prompted foreign donors who are anxious to see the
country establish solid democratic credentials after decades of dictatorship to hold
up hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.
The political situation has deteriorated since December 17, when a group
armed men stormed the National Palace in an apparent coup attempt.
Pro-government mobs demonstrated after the gunmen fled.
Two weeks ago, a Lavalas deputy was shot and killed as he sat in traffic
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