Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis, Haiti Prime Minister

The second female Haitian to become the Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti was Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis. Born on 5th October 1947, Michele stayed in office from 5th September 2008 to 11th November 2009. Since 1995, Michele has held the post of Executive Director for the non-government organization called Knowledge and Freedom Foundation or FOKAL. She was elected as Prime Minister by former President of Haiti, Rene Preval. Michele was the third nominee by Preval as the Chamber of Deputies rejected the first two nominees.


Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis's nomination was approved by 61 in-favor votes against 20 abstentions and 1 opposing vote. After this approval on 17th July 2008, Senate approve Michele Pierre-Louis with 12 in-favor vote, 0 opposing votes and 5 abstentions. On 25th August the composition of the newly formed government was announced by the then President Rene Preval and Michele was appointed Prime Minister. Apart from the role of Prime Minister, Michele was appointed as Minister of Public Security and Minister of Justice.

The government's installation was targeted for 26th of August but Hurricane Gustav delayed it. On 5th of September 2008, the government and the political program of Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis was approved first by the Chamber of Deputies and then by Senate through extended negotiations. Michele actually received 15 out of 16 required votes from the Senate but a second vote after a short succession earned her the trailing vote. Though there were no opposing votes, one senator abstained. This voting took place when Hurricanes Ike and Hanna ravaged the island nation and as a result, her government faced a serious challenge!

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