Laurent Lamothe To Become Haiti’s Prime Minister

Haitian President Michel Martelly has tapped Laurent Lamothe, the country’s foreign minister, to become its next prime minister.

The letter designating the 39-year-old businessman-turned-politician arrived in the Senate Thursday afternoon, Senate President Simon Desras said.

Lamothe, 39, is one of the Martelly’s closest advisers. The two have been longtime friends and were business partners in a telecommunications venture before Martelly’s candidacy for president.

Desras and Levaillant Louis-Jeune, president of the lower chamber of parliament, were notified of the choice in a meeting with Martelly Thursday morning. The president later made it official in a letter.

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