Cabinet Realigned After Resignation of Four Ministers
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Premier Smarck Michel realigned his Cabinet on Saturday after four ministers resigned, three to protest the chaotic June elections, the government announced.
The resignations came on the eve of makeup elections, meant to correct first-round irregularities, in 21 towns on Sunday.
Michel replaced two of the four Cabinet members with supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
``More than ever before, the government is composed of members of Aristide’s political family and friends,″ said the capital’s former mayor, Evans Paul, co-leader of the opposition National Front for Change and Democracy.
Public Administration Minister Anthony Barbier resigned Thursday. Social Affairs Minister Enold Joseph, Environment Minister Anthony Verdier and Commerce Minister Maurice Lafortune followed suit Friday.
All but Lafortune, a businessman, are opposition party members.
Lafortune was replaced by Aristide partisan Roger Perodin, undersecretary of foreign relations. Joseph will be replaced by Mathilde Flambert, a pro-Aristide businesswoman. Barbier will be replaced by Jacques Debrosse, about whom no information was immediately available.
Verdier will be replaced by Yves Andre Wainwright, his top staffer.
Michel’s 18-member Cabinet was installed in November, after a U.S.-led multinational force brought Aristide home after three years in exile. The president-elect had been ousted in a September 1991 army coup.