Jack Guy Lafontant

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Jack Guy Lafontant
20th Prime Minister of Haiti
In office
21 March 2017 – 17 September 2018
PresidentJovenel Moïse
Preceded byEnex Jean-Charles
Succeeded byJean-Henry Céant
Personal details
Born (1961-04-04) 4 April 1961 (age 57)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Political partyDemocratic Movement of Haiti – Democratic Rally of Haiti
Alma materState University of Haiti

Jack Guy Lafontant (born 4 April 1961) is a Haitian politician who served as his country's Prime Minister starting from 21 March 2017 to 16 September 2018.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lafontant studied medicine, specializing in gastroenterology and internal medicine and became a university instructor. He became a member of the Haitian Medical Association and the American College of Gastroenterology.[3]

Career[edit]

Lafontant is a member of the Rotary Club of Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, where he served as president in 2016.[4]

He was appointed as prime minister on 22 February 2017[3] and presented his cabinet on 13 March 2017.[5] His government obtained a vote of confidence from the Senate on 16 March and from the Chamber of Deputies on 21 March, with 95 votes for and 6 against with 2 abstentions.[6] He assumed his responsibilities the same day his government won the vote of confidence.[7] His position as prime minister is his debut in political life.[8]

Following deadly mass protests against a botched government plan to raise fuel prices, Lafontant announced on 14 July 2018 that he had submitted his resignation to President Moïse, who accepted it.[9] Lafontant's resignation also occurred shortly before a vote of no confidence was to be held in Parliament.[10] Moise confirmed that he had accepted Lafontant's resignation and stated that he would work to find a new Prime Minister.[10] He actually serves as caretaker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ service, VOA Creole. "Haitian Lawmakers Confirm Lafontant as Prime Minister". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns". BBC News. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b RFI: A la Une: Jack Guy Lafontant, Désigné Nouveau Premier Ministre d’Haïti (in French)
  4. ^ "President Moise taps friend, unknown Dr. Lafontant to be PM - Haiti Sentinel". sentinel.ht. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ Loop Haiti: Composition du Cabinet Ministériel de Jack Guy Lafontant (in French)
  6. ^ Loop Haiti: Jack Guy Lafontant est Désormais Premier Ministre (in French)
  7. ^ VOA Afrique: Le Cabinet de Jack Guy Lafontant Entre en Fonction en Haïti (in French)
  8. ^ RTBF Info: Jack Guy Lafontant, Médecin Inconnu, Devient Premier Ministre en Haïti (in French)
  9. ^ "Haiti PM Jack Guy Lafontant resigns after days of protests". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Haiti's Prime Minister Resigns After Riots Over Fuel Price Hike". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Enex Jean-Charles
Prime Minister of Haiti
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Jean-Henry Céant