PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Considering the unprecedented concessions promised to Haitian senators and deputies, it was without suspense or surprise that the unknown and inexperienced designated Prime Minister Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant was voted favorably in the wee hours of Tuesday, March 21, 2017 and promptly sworn in as prime minister that same afternoon.
Lafontant received 95 yeas against only 6 nays out of 119 deputies. A few days earlier, he received 20 yeas from a Senate of 30 seats, less some vacancy.
It is said that Dr. Lafontant had given nearly all ministerial and state secretary positions to lawmakers. Usually the senators and deputies place family members or confidants in these posts which present conflicts of interests, a break down in the separation of powers, to say the least.
Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant is an unknown on the national scene in Haiti. He was tapped by President Jovenel Moise, also an unknown two years ago. The doctor of gastroenterology, specializing in colonoscopies, has had the president and the first lady as his patients throughout the years and had become close friends with the couple.
Although never having held public office or administrative responsibilities, Dr. Lafontant was sworn in Tuesday afternoon at the National Palace as Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti.