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  • Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert (R) with appointed Prime Minister Fritz Jean, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 26, 2016.

    Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert (R) with appointed Prime Minister Fritz Jean, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 26, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 March 2016

The recently appointed prime minister cannot form his cabinet or move forward with organizing the election without approval for the program.

Haiti's lower chamber of parliament on Sunday rejected a program submitted by Prime Minister Fritz Jean, lawmakers said, throwing up a new hurdle as the politically volatile country struggles to meet deadlines to transfer power from an interim to an elected government.

The recently appointed prime minister cannot form his cabinet or move forward with organizing the election without approval for the program, which includes promoting economist Fritz Jean as Haiti's second in command.

According to a recent agreement between the executive and the legislative branches, a presidential runoff election is scheduled to take place on April 24, while a new president is due to take office by May 14.

RELATED: Interim President Confident Haitian Congress Will Approve PM

The election has been postponed several times since last year, most recently in January.

"We rejected the program of Fritz Jean because his nomination by President Privert did not meet the consensus requirements which should characterize the prime minister," Deputy Gary Bodeau, told Reuters after the vote.

President Jocelerme Privert may be forced to present parliament with a new option for prime minister.

"The country's general situation is an emergency," said Antoine Rodon Bien-Aime, from a party supporting the prime minister. "Our colleagues prioritize their partisan interest over the collective interests of the Haitian people."

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