Laurent Lamothe

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Laurent Lamothe
Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe 2014.jpg
Prime Minister of Haiti
In office
16 May 2012 – 20 December 2014
President Michel Martelly
Preceded by Garry Conille
Succeeded by Florence Duperval Guillaume (Acting)
Minister of Planning and External Cooperation
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 August 2012
Preceded by Josefa Gauthier
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
24 October 2011 – 6 August 2012
Prime Minister Garry Conille
Preceded by Marie-Michèle Rey
Succeeded by Pierre-Richard Casimir
Personal details
Born Laurent Salvador Lamothe
(1972-08-14) 14 August 1972 (age 42)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Alma mater Barry University
St. Thomas University

Laurent Salvador Lamothe (born 14 August 1972) is a Haitian political figure who has served in the government of Haiti as Minister of Foreign Affairs since October 2011, having been appointed Prime Minister on 4 May 2012.[1] Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of the company Global Voice Group.[2][3] On 14 December 2014, Lamothe resigned as Prime Minister amid anti-government protests.

Life and career[edit]

Son of Louis G. Lamothe (D.Litt. in Spanish Language and Literature), the founder of the Lope de Vega Institute, and of Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe, a painter, Lamothe was born in Port-au-Prince. He grew up in an academic and artistic, but also athletic, environment. His elder brother, Ruben, served as captain of the Haitian Davis Cup tennis team for some time. A tennis player himself, Laurent Lamothe represented his country at the Davis Cup in 1994 and 1995.[4]

At age 19, Lamothe left Haiti to complete his tertiary studies in Florida. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in political sciences at Barry University in Miami, in 1996 he enrolled in Saint Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he earned a master's degree in business management.[5][6][citation needed] He was said to be a "keen, analytical and articulate student, a gentleman and a people person".[6]

Two years after obtaining his master’s degree in business management, he founded the telecommunications company Global Voice Group with his business partner, Patrice Baker.[4] The company started out as a small telecommunications company and is today a worldwide provider of technological solutions in emerging markets and developing countries.[7] Through his company, Global Voice Group, he introduced telecoms governance technologies in Africa which allow regulation agencies to manage the sector in terms of control, tariff equity and transparency. This earned him a nomination as Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” in May 2008.[8]

Political career[edit]

His involvement in the political and social life of Haiti subsequently led him to accept the position of Special Advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly.[8] In order to achieve more and to avoid conflicts of interest, Laurent Lamothe resigned from his businesses and considers himself as a former businessman.[3] He also became a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (CIRH).

In September 2011, Lamothe and former United States President Bill Clinton co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti launched by President Martelly on 8 September 2011 to help redevelop Haiti by making it more attractive to foreign companies and investors.[9]

Subsequently, Lamothe was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti. On 26 October 2011, he made his first speech as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs during his installation ceremony, which took place in Bois-Verna, Haiti.[10] He is viewed as "competent and dynamic minister" and a "talented entrepreneur with the vision to move Haiti forward"[11]

Lamothe in the US State Department, 2012

On 1 March 2012, Lamothe was designated as the Prime Minister of Haiti by President Martelly following the resignation of Prime Minister Garry Conille.[12]

Following a controversy concerning the nationality of certain senators and ministers from Haiti, the Preliminary Report of the Senate Committee on Nationality published 8 March 2012, in Port-au-Prince is clear: the documents of Laurent Lamothe's nationality within the concerned service of the State are all complete.[13] The senatorial commission charged to verify the conformity of Laurent Lamothe's documents is composed of senators Francky Exius, William Jeanty, Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, Kély C. Bastien, Mélius Hyppolite, Jean Rodolphe Joazile and Lucas Saint-Vil. The commission has been formed following a private meeting led by senator François Anick Joseph.[14]

On 10 April 2012, the Senate endorsed his nomination with 19 votes in favour to 3 votes against.[15] The Chamber of Deputies endorsed him 62 to 3 on 3 May 2012.[16] He was formally appointed on 4 May 2012.[1]

On 24 September 2013, the Senate voted his impeachment for his alleged involvement in the death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph, died of a stroke Saturday, 13 July 2013.[17]

On 14 December 2014, Lamothe resigned his position as Prime Minister amid calls from violent anti-government protesters, who also demanded the resignation of President Martelly following delayed elections.[18][19] On 12 December 2014, a commission appointed to break the stalemate between Martelly's government and opposition officials recommended the resignation of the head of Haiti's Supreme Court and election committee, in addition to that of Lamothe.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Lamothe is dating Czech model Petra Němcová.[20]

He is the father of two daughters, Lara and Linka.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-mct-presidential-decree-names-lamothe-haiti-prime-20120505,0,908081.story
  2. ^ Cauchy, M. "Mr. Patrice Baker succeeds Mr. Laurent Lamothe as CEO of Global Voice Group". Global Voice Group. 2 November 2011. Retrieved on 17 November 2011
  3. ^ a b Geffrard, R. "L'hyperactif Laurent Lamothe". Le Nouvelliste. 5 January 2012. Retrieved on 23 March 2012
  4. ^ a b Équipe de rédaction de Haitian Success Stories. "Laurent Lamothe: An entrepreneur committed to socio-economic development". Haitian Success Stories. 28 July 2011. Retrieved on 17 November 2011
  5. ^ http://www.worldleaders.columbia.edu/participants/laurent-lamothe
  6. ^ a b cnweeklynews.com, 8 March 2012, Who is Laurent Lamothe?
  7. ^ Cauchy, M. "Who is Laurent Lamothe, CEO of Global Voice Group?". Defend HT. 1 September 2011. Retrieved on 18 November 2011
  8. ^ a b (French) HL/Haïti Libre. "Haïti - Économie : Laurent Lamothe conseiller spécial du Président Martelly". Haïti Libre. 22 August 2011. Retrieved on 18 November 2011
  9. ^ "Laurent Lamothe and former US President Bill Clinton to co-chair the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development of Haiti". PR Newswire. 14 September 2011. Retrieved on 18 November 2011
  10. ^ "Laurent Lamothe makes his first Commitments as the new Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs". PR Newswire. 28 October 2011. Retrieved on 18 November 2011
  11. ^ "Haiti's latest constitutional crisis is another setback for rebuilding efforts". The Guardian. 13 March 2012. Retrieved on 13 March 2012
  12. ^ "Laurent Lamothe candidat designated for the position of Prime Minister". Haiti Libre. 1 March 2012. Retrieved on 3 March 2012
  13. ^ "Haiti - Politic : The file on the nationality of Laurent Lamothe is complete". Haiti Libre. 8 March 2012. Retrieved on 11 March 2012
  14. ^ (French) "Lamothe lentement vers la Primature, les passeports remis au président Martelly". Le Nouvelliste. 13 March 2012. Retrieved on 14 March 2012
  15. ^ "April 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "May 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  17. ^ [1]. [Haiti - Politic : The Senate voted the impeachment of the highest authorities of the State]. 13 March 2012. Retrieved on 14 March 2012]
  18. ^ a b Campanale, David (14 December 2014). "Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigns after protests". BBC News. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Sanon, Evens; Coto, Danica (14 December 2014). "Haiti PM resigns amid political discontent". Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  20. ^ Linda Marx (May 6, 2014). "Petra Nemcova: I'm 'Very Happy' Dating Laurent Lamothe". People (magazine). Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.worldleaders.columbia.edu/participants/laurent-lamothe

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marie-Michèle Rey
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Pierre Richard Casimir
Preceded by
Garry Conille
Prime Minister of Haiti
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Florence Duperval Guillaume
Acting