Haiti: UN envoy welcomes parliament’s confirmation of new premier

Special Representative for Haiti Mariano Fernández Amunátegui

4 May 2012 – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today welcomed the confirmation by parliament of the appointment of the country’s Prime Minister designate, Laurent Lamothe, a move that paves the way for him to assume office.

Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), praised Haitian leaders, including President Michel Martelly, and the heads of the Senate and the Lower House of Parliament for the dialogue between the executive and legislative branches that culminated in Mr. Lamothe’s confirmation yesterday.

He expressed his hope that the Government will quickly embark on its work programmes, including strengthening the rule of law and implementing reconstruction and economic and social development projects.

Mr. Fernández urged the Government and all sectors of Haitian society to “build on the spirit of the prevailing consensus to strengthen the foundations of national stability, strengthen democratic institutions, and ensure peace and security and development of Haiti.”

“The authorities and people of Haiti can be assured of the renewed commitment of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti to help them in the irreversible consolidation of the rule of law based on the institutions foreseen in the Constitution, laws, transparency and good governance,” he added.

Mr. Lamothe’s predecessor, Garry Conille, resigned in February just four months after his appointment.


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