Jocelerme Privert elected interim President


Early on Sunday morning Jocelerme Privert was elected from a field of three candidates to be the interim President of Haiti for the next 120 days.

The election was held between Edgard Leblanc Fils, Jocelerme Privert, and Dejean Belizaire. In the first round 23 Senators and 92 Deputies voted, giving Edgard Leblanc Fils 56 votes and Jocelerme Privert 58 votes whilst Dejean Belizaire received no votes.

A second round was held because there was no outright winner in both houses with Jocelerme Privert winning in the Senate and Edgard Leblanc Fils in the Chamber of Deputies.

In the second round Jocelerme Privert took 77 votes whilst Edgard Leblanc Fils won 33 votes. Dejean Belizaire took two votes.

Jocelerme Privert will now have to oversee the formation of a new electoral commission (CEP) and the completion of the legislative, municipal and, most crucially, the second round of the presidential election on 24th April. He will also oversee the formation of a new government for the interim period including a new prime minister and not more than 15 Cabinet Ministers and three Secretaries of State.

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