- Title: HAITI - PRIME MINISTER SMARCK MICHEL ASSUMES OFFICE
- Date: 8th November 1994
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (NOVEMBER 8, 1994) (RTV - AVAILABLE ALL) 1. GV EXT. NATIONAL PALACE; SLV PARLIAMENTARIANS ARRIVING, -HAND SHAKES (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. SV INT.GUESTS GREETING EACH OTHER/LV OTHERS TALKING (2 SHOTS) 0.20 3. SV PANS HAITIAN PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE ENTERING 0.31 4. LV/ZOOM-IN//SV ARISTIDE SPEAKING TO PARLIAMENTARIANS, SAYING SWEARING-IN OF NEW PRIME MINISTER IS A STEP TOWARD PROGRESS (FRENCH) 0.53 5. LVPANS AUDIENCE APPLAUDING 1.00 6. SV HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER SMARCK MICHEL ADDRESSING PARLIAMENTARIANS (FRENCH)/SV PANS AUDIENCE LISTENING (3 SHOTS) 1.23 7. HAS,SV AUDIENCE 1.26 8. SV/LV ARISTIDE AND MICHEL RECEIVING GUESTS AFTER CEREMONY (2 SHOTS) 1.37 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 23rd November 1994 12:00
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti CARIBBEAN
- Reuters ID: LVA17678BLMHQRV13NQH5TSNG4A6
- Story Text: Haitian Prime Minister Smarck Michel assumed office on Tuesday (November 8) at a ceremony in which he played down high hopes and asked for the patience of his long-suffering Haitian countrymen.
Michel, a progressive businessman, was appointed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after he was restored to power last month with the backing of the United States (U.S.) military.
Aristide, who had been ousted in a bloody military coup in September 1991, called the ceremony "a step further toward progress".
Aristide said that, united with his prime minister, they could now begin the process of peace, security, reconciliation between all and justice for all.
All 17 members of the cabinet attended the ceremony in the presidential palace. Also present were Haitian politicians, top army officers, diplomats, friends and aides of Michel and Aristide and even much-criticised former Prime Minister Rene Preval.
Michel had presented his cabinet and programme to the Senate and Chamber of Deputies on Sunday and Monday.
The Senate voted 13-0 to back the government's policy on Sunday. After hours of discussion that ended late on Monday night, 54 out of 56 members of the lower house gave their approval, clearing the way for Michel's installation.
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