On May 14, Michel Martelly was sworn in as the president of Haiti, months after the disputed runoff election in which he defeated former first lady Mirlande H. Manigat. Politics and the rebuilding effort in Haiti, however, are still in limbo. Martelly, a popular musician known as Sweet Micky, first nominated Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, a businessman, to be his prime minister. However, with Martelly unable to marshal any significant support in Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies or Senate, Rouzier was resoundingly rejected on June 21 by a vote of 42–19 in the Chamber of Deputies. Lawmakers questioned Rouzier’s citizenship and accused him of tax evasion. On August 2, the Senate rejected Martelly’s second choice for prime minister, Bernard Gousse. Gousse was an even more controversial figure because he had served as justice minister in the interim government that took power following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, and he was accused of persecuting Aristide’s supporters and false imprisonment during his tenure.
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