Haiti prime minister, Cabinet members take office

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's new prime minister and his Cabinet have taken office, ending a period of deadlock.

Laurent Lamothe and his 21 ministers were inaugurated in a ceremony yesterday on the grounds of the National Palace.

Lamothe said he wants to tackle Haiti's extreme poverty, which contributed to the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake.

President Michel Martelly's first prime minister resigned after only four months on the job because they wrangled over government priorities.

Lamothe ran a global telecommunications company before he entered politics.

Martelly marks one year in office this month. The first-time politician has made modest gains, but infighting and political dysfunction have hampered efforts to help the country recover from the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and other cities in the south.

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