Haiti prime minister takes office, giving government green light

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  • Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

Prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant listends to President Jovenel Moise's speech during Lafontant's presentation in the National Palace of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Jack Guy Lafontant, a political novice and medical doctor, took office as Haiti's prime minister on Tuesday following votes of confidence by both houses of Parliament, setting the stage for Haiti to have its first elected government in more than a year.

Lafontant will have the job of shepherding an ambitious programme through the government, which will include boosting agricultural production, expanding access to water and improving infrastructure.

(Reporting by Maikini Brice; editing by Grant McCool)

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