Haiti lawmakers elect Jocelerme Privert as interim president

Haitian lawmakers have elected Jocelerme Privert (pictured) as the country's interim presidentPort-au-Prince (AFP) – Haitian lawmakers early Sunday elected Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country’s interim president to fill a power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence. Privert, 62, a senator and the current president of the National Assembly, was chosen on the second round of balloting after a lengthy session that stretched overnight Saturday to Sunday. The lawmakers chose Privert over two other candidates, Dejan Belizaire and Edgar Leblanc Fils, both former presidents of Haiti’s senate.

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