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New Haiti Leader Nominates Physician as Next Prime Minister

FILE - Jovenel Moise addresses the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti's new president has chosen a physician and political outsider to be prime minister.

President Jovenel Moise announced in a late Wednesday tweet that he and Haiti's two legislative leaders have agreed upon the nomination of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant.

Lafontant is a gastroenterologist and head of the Rotary Club in the commercial district of Petionville.

Both houses of parliament will vote on whether to confirm Lafontant after he presents a plan of government.

A prime minister oversees the Cabinet and day-to-day operations of government.