Newly sworn-in Haitian President Michel Martelly has tapped business leader Daniel-Gerard Rouzier to serve as the nation’s new prime minister, his chief-of-staff said Sunday. He will succeed current prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who resigned the same day.
As second in command, Rouzier, a political newcomer, will have a lot of heavy responsibilities connected to rebuilding the nation after last year’s devastating earthquake if he is confirmed by Haiti’s Parliament. Some of those responsibilites include co-chairing the nation’s reconstruction commission with former president Bill Clinton, who is currently serving as U.N. special envoy to Haiti, and co-chairing Haiti’s Interim Recovery Commission, the group that plans rebuilding efforts.
Rouzier, a longtime friend of Martelly, currently serves as his advisor. He is general manager of a car dealership, president of electric power project E-Power and works with the Florida-based charity Food for the Poor, the Associated Press reports.
"He's a very successful guy — his resume speaks for itself," Martelly’s chief-of-staff Thierry Mayard-Paul said about Rouzier. "We believe that he can be very effective at managing the government."
However, since Martelly has very few fellow members of his Repons Peyizan party in parliament, he could have a tough time getting Rouzier confirmed.
"We believe there will be a little resistance," Mayard-Paul told the AP. "But we also believe — and President Martelly believes — that we can show [the parliament] that he's the right choice."
(Photo: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)