Haiti: UN mission urges formation of a government without delay

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today urged the country’s authorities to immediately form a government that will serve the people and fulfil their expectations after Parliament rejected the man nominated by President Michel Martelly to serve as prime minister.

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) called for the setting up of a government that will work with all concerned parties, including Parliament, politicians, civil society and the international community, to formulate a strategy on education, employment, the rule of law and the environment.

The Caribbean nation remains without a fully constituted government more than a month since Mr. Martelly was inaugurated as President. He had put forward Daniel-Gerard Rouzier as prime minister designate, but the Chamber of Deputies – which must ratify the nomination – yesterday rejected Mr. Rouzier.

President Michel Martelly of Haiti

MINUSTAH stated in a communiqué that each day that passes with a fully functioning government further thwarts the aspirations of the Haitian people, which they have expressed through the ballot box in the past year.

“There is no doubt that all Haitians are united in their desire to see future major projects, including those related to improving their living conditions, moving as quickly as possible,” the UN mission said.

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