Jack Guy Lafontant was confirmed as the next Prime minister of Haiti following a twelve hours marathon at the Senate.
20 legislators voted in favor and seven abstained of Lafontant, a medical doctor by profession, who must now receive the approval of the House of Representatives. The abstained senators cited Lafontant's lack of political experience as the reason why the voted no.
The confirmation hearing for the new Prime minister was initially scheduled for yesterday, but was reported sine die after lawmakers of Lafontant's own party boycotted the process.
During the hearing debate, Lafontant was pressed on the issues of corruption, which have been of special concerns to the public lately, since the new President himself, Jovenel Moise, has been under investigation by a court for money laundering.
Lawmakers also requested numerous infrastructure projects, such as roads and electrification for their constituencies, demands which the new Prime minister has promised to meet during his mandate, although he did not present any plan for where the funds will come from.