Fritz Jean Fails To Win Absolute Majority in Lower House of Deputies
On March 20, 2016, Fritz Jean, in anticipation of securing the vote of confidence, appealed to the lower house of Deputies, but the choice of provisional President Privert was rejected by Haiti's Chamber of Deputies. Fritz Jean needed 60 votes to gain approval of his governmental program. He obtained 38 votes in his favor, 36 voted against, one abstained and more than a dozen stayed home. The opposition to his approval as Prime Minister was led by the pro-Martelly bloc. They accused Privert of purposely choosing a Prime Minister who had little chance to success in arranging the election in April so that Privert can extend his mandate. However, the supporters of Privert are of opinion that the pro-Martelly bloc wants to block Privert's effort to hold elections within his 120 days tenure. If his tenure ends unsuccessfully, the opposition would take control of the provisional presidency for themselves.
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