Haiti: President picks new prime minister

May 27, 2008 at 6:45 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 27 (UPI) -- Haitian President Rene Preval has chosen a new candidate to become the country's prime minister after lawmakers rejected his first choice, officials said.

Preval picked longtime adviser Robert Manuel to be Haiti's next prime minister, Haitian radio reported Tuesday. The choice of Manuel must still be ratified by Haitian lawmakers.

Haiti has been without a prime minister since April when riots over the rising cost of food left at least seven people dead and prompted lawmakers to force Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis to quit.

Preval's first choice, Ericq Pierre, was rejected by Haitian lawmakers earlier this month.

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