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New Haitian cabinet takes office
by BBC (reposted)
Saturday Jun 10th, 2006 5:37 PM
Haiti's democratically elected government has been sworn in.
Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis' new cabinet replaces the interim administration named after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled in 2004.

Current President Rene Preval said Haiti was on the path to recovering its sovereignty, but said it needed the help of the international community.

A UN peacekeeping force is deployed in Haiti, which remains deeply divided between rival political factions.

The swearing in of Mr Alexis and his six-party coalition cabinet brings to a close more than two years of political uncertainty.


BBC regional analyst Emilio San Pedro says the government faces huge challenges - such as improving social and economic conditions in the Americas' poorest country.

The cabinet will seek to rebuild perennially frail democratic institutions in a country that has known mostly authoritarian rule, our correspondent adds.

President Preval - a former ally of Mr Aristide - urged Haitians to work together to overcome the mistrust among political groups.

"Permanent dialogue will be crucial for national protection," he said at Friday's swearing-in ceremony.

The new cabinet includes several members of Mr Preval's Lespwa party and a representative from five other parties - including Mr Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas.

Mr Aristide was forced into exile after former army soldiers launched a rebellion in early 2004 amid ongoing political and economic turmoil.

An interim government was formed, and UN peacekeepers were sent to curb continuing violence.

President Preval and a new parliament were elected in February.
by reposted
Saturday Jun 10th, 2006 5:38 PM
In a boost for President Rene Préval, Parliament ratified Haiti's 18-member Cabinet and formally confirmed Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis.
Associated Press
Posted on Fri, Jun. 09, 2006

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new Cabinet that includes members from six political parties, a strong show of support for President René Préval as he steers the impoverished nation toward peace and stability.

In a vote late Wednesday, 84 of 86 deputies in the lower house voted to approve the 18-member Cabinet, which was unanimously endorsed by the Senate a day earlier.

The new government reflects Préval's need to unite the conflict-torn Caribbean nation after a February 2004 revolt toppled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and touched off a wave of violence.

by reposted
Saturday Jun 10th, 2006 5:39 PM
The Associated Press
Friday, June 9, 2006; 9:51 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti's new Cabinet was sworn in Friday, replacing a U.S.-backed interim government that was appointed to lead the impoverished and conflict-torn nation after a 2004 revolt.

President Rene Preval said the 18-member Cabinet of members from six political parties was the result of a new "spirit of dialogue," and urged Haitians to work together to overcome the "mistrust" among Haiti's deeply divided political factions.