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Haiti's Preval Nominates Close Ally Prime Minister

Haitian President Rene Preval has nominated close ally Jacques Edouard Alexis to be the Caribbean country's new prime minister.

Alexis is an agronomist who previously served as prime minister and education minister during Mr. Preval's first presidency from 1996 to 2001. President Preval was quoted earlier as saying Alexis is trustworthy and knows what he is doing.

Legislators will have to approve the president's choice. If confirmed, the 58-year-old Alexis would succeed interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, who was appointed after an uprising ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and is plagued by civil and political strife.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.