New prime minister announced in Haiti weeks after deadly protests

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PORT -AU- PRINCE, Haiti

Jean-Henry Céant has been named Haiati’s new Prime minister, announced President Jovenel Moise on Sunday.

“Following consultations with the Presidents of the two branches of Parliament, I made the choice of the citizen Jean-Henry Céant as the new prime Minister,” President Moise said in an official tweet.
The announcement comes three weeks after former Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned amid violent and deadly protests sparked by a proposed plan to significantly raise fuel prices. A former notary by profession, Céant has long been involved in Haitian politics and was a presidential candidate in 2016.
“I thank the President of the Republic for choosing me as his Prime Minister and welcome the commitment of the Presidents of both chambers,” Céant tweeted, referring to the two chambers of Haiti’s National Assembly. “I understand the scope of the task and the challenges that await me.”
Former Prime Minister Lafontant resigned on July 14 in front of the nation’s parliament before he was due to face a vote of no confidence.
Lafontant’s government came under fire after protesters took to the streets in early July in response to a controversial plan that would have increased the cost of gasoline by 38%, diesel by 47% and kerosene by 51%.