Haiti lawmakers reject acting leader’s prime minister choice

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A majority of lower house lawmakers in Haiti have rejected the acting president’s pick for prime minister, leaving the interim government in limbo.

The rejection of economist Fritz Jean as Haiti’s No. 2 official is a significant setback for a month-old provisional government that is supposed to be in power for only 120 days.

Thirty-eight lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies voted against President Jocelerme Privert’s choice of prime minister Sunday evening, while 36 voted in favor. There was one abstention.

Opposition Deputy Jean Rene Lochard said Jean was rejected because he “wasn’t properly chosen by consensus.”

Not only does Privert not have a prime minister running the government’s affairs, but he also hasn’t been able to get an electoral council authorized to organize elections tentatively scheduled for April 24.