President Préval has nominated Ericq Pierre as prime minister. M. Pierre is an agronomist who is currently Haiti’s councillor at the Interamerican Development Bank.
Haiti Info reports that President Préval made the announcement on Suday after a meeting with the president of the Chamber of Deputies. This suggests that M. Pierre’s nomination is likely to be ratified. This likelihood is increased by the statement that the Lavalas party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide will support M. Pierre’s nomination. However, M. Pierre was nominated as prime minister in 1999, but his nomination was never ratified. Moreover, his nomination has to be approved by both houses of the legislature, which makes the situation very difficult.