New Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is determined to end Haiti’s instability and break the cycle of misery.
“I have the ambition of working and being the prime minister that takes care of the people’s needs,’’ Lamothe, a close friend and former business associate of President Michel Martelly, said. “In Haiti…you have to focus on tomorrow, and make sure tomorrow is better than today.”
That work begins immediately, according to Lamothe, who announced a massive street clean-up, road improvements and increased security measures. The makeover will be combined with several new reforms he plans to send to parliament, he added.
“We have four years to develop this country,” said the new prime minister, a tech-savvy decision-maker who never goes anywhere without his Ipad. “We have to get moving.”
The swearing-in marked a beginning for Lamothe and Martelly, who concluded the first year of his five-year presidential term on Monday. With parliament and Martelly at odds, many hope this “fresh start” is what disaster-ravaged Haiti needs to rebuild. Until now, the political bickering has delayed reconstruction and political progress.
Lamothe was Martelly’s fourth pick, and the second prime minister to be ratified by parliament in six months. Former Prime Minister Garry Conille resigned after only four months amid friction with Martelly.