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Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis ousted in power struggle

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian lawmakers ousted Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis on Friday in a power struggle that threatens to undermine a campaign to attract foreign investment to the impoverished country.

Pierre-Louis was removed when 18 of 29 senators voted for censure and dissolved the Cabinet. Most of the votes against her came from President Rene Preval's Lespwa movement, which took control of the Senate after winning June elections.

Preval nominated a member of the dissolved Cabinet, Jean-Max Bellerive, as prime minister. Bellerive was the minister of planning and external cooperation.

Critics accused Pierre-Louis, who took office in September 2008, of failing to do enough to alleviate poverty.

Her removal comes as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, a United Nations special envoy to Haiti, has been trying to assure international investors that the country has regained stability.

Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis ousted in power struggle 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 9:55pm]
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