Boniface Alexandre, Acting President of Haiti

Boniface Alexandre, born on July 31, 1936, was the 54th President of Haiti. He served as the acting Haitian President's between February 29, 2004 and May 14, 2006.

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Haitian president Boniface Alexandre

Boniface Alexandre was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when his predecessor President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted by"2004 Haitian coup d'état". Thus, he was in normal lineage to become the President when Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned on February 29, 2004.

Boniface Alexandre assumed the charge within a few hours of his resignation in a brief ceremony at the home of Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. Alexandre was raised by his uncle, former Haitian Prime Minister Martial Célestin. He trained himself as an expert lawyer, specializing in business contracts and marriage settlements and worked for twenty five years in a Port-au-Prince law firm named 'Cabinet Lamarre'. He was appointed in Haiti's Supreme Court in the 1990s and President Jean-Bertrand Aristide appointed him as the Chief Justice in 2002. As a Chief Justice, he fought against the incompetence and corruption in the judicial system and earned a reputation for fairness.

As per Haitian constitution (article 149) it was mandatory that his acting presidency must be confirmed by Haitian Parliament with new election between 45 and 90 days after Aristide's resignation and as an acting President Alexandre cannot run the election. The rebel leaders expressed their willingness to work with him and US officials termed Boniface Alexandre 's administration a "caretaker" government. He was officially inaugurated as Haitian president on March 8, 2004.

One of Alexandre's important move as President was he submitted an official request to the United Nations Security Council to send multinational peace keeping forces to restore law and order in the country. His request was immediately approved by the Security Council.

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