Cabinet Re-shuffle Installs Five New Haitian Ministers

Author  Edited from CMC

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti last month re-shuffled its Cabinet, with Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant naming five new ministers.

DelvaAmong the new appointees is Guyler C. Delva, a prominent Haitian journalist, who has been named minister of culture and communication. Delva, who writes for regional and international media outlets, replaces Limond Toussaint.

The other new appointees are Jean-Marie Reynaldo Brunet, minister of the interior and territorial communities; and Jean Roody Aly, minister of justice and public security. Joubert C. Angrand is minister of agriculture, natural resources and development, replacing Carmel André Belliard. Guy André Junior Françoi is now the minister of Haitians living abroad. He replaces Stéphanie Auguste.

The Cabinet re-shuffle came amid reports that the majority members of President Jovenel Moise’s party in Parliament had given the head of state an ultimatum to make changes. Political observers said that it is the first time since Moise came to office on Feb. 7, 2016 that the majority of his own party had given him a 72-hour ultimatum to change several ministers.

The disgruntled legislators said they had held talks with Moise about the re-shuffle and had expressed disappointment at the slow pace of implementing measures agreed on. The legislators argue that the government is not working in the interest of Haitians.