From Reuters: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 22 (Reuters) - Haiti's newly inaugurated president, Rene Preval, has designated a longtime friend and ally to be the troubled Caribbean country's new prime minister, officials said on Monday.
Jacques Edouard Alexis, 58, an agronomist who served as prime minister during Preval's first presidency from 1996-2001, is widely seen as a good political deal-maker and pragmatist.
Preval's coalition, know as 'Lespwa' for hope, has 11 of the 27 Senate seats where election results are definitive. The votes of 14 senators are needed to approve the nomination of the prime minister.
The task could be more difficult in the lower house, where Lespwa has only 20 of the 85 seats declared so far from elections that took place on April 21.
There are 30 seats in the Haitian Senate and 99 in the Chamber of Deputies.
Alexis has previously served as interior minister and education minister, in addition to being prime minister during Preval's first term."