Robert Malval, Prime Minister of Haiti

The role of Prime Minister in Haiti is not an easy one to fill; just ask anyone on the list, including Yvon Neptune and Former Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval, though one was forced out of office while the other chose to leave.


Born in Port-au-Prince on the 11th of July, 1943, Malval was 50 years old and had accomplished a sound career outside of politics before his nomination by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1993.

After studying internationally, in the United States at the University of Miami where he earned a political science degree, and in Paris where he undertook graduate studies in International Affairs, Robert Malval seemingly lost interest in politics and took to working for his step-father, who was proprietor of a printing house. He later quit to pursue his own publishing and printing company, and carried on to be a successful businessman before turning his sights back to the world he'd studied to be a part of, politics.

After Aristide's military ousting, Robert Malval was instrumental in the negotiations for an agreement with the armed forces that was to see the exiled Haitian president return to his post as head of state. It was this act, it is said, which won Malval his appointment as Haitian Prime Minister. He took up office on August 16, 1993, was ratified by the 23rd and stayed in office until he resigned near the close of the following year.

Robert Malval did not go quietly. Upon his leave taking, he called Aristide 'erratic' and suggested the exiled leader was blocking the resolution of the country's governmental crisis. He criticized his decision to remain in exile and called him a 'flag bearer' as the country descended into hell.

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