Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has submitted papers to run for president shortly before the election office’s deadline, after repeatedly saying he had no plans to seek Haiti’s top political position.
A few hundred supporters of Lamothe, who resigned under pressure late last year amid a political standoff with the last Parliament, chanted and cheered as he arrived by motorcade late Wednesday at an electoral office in the capital. Some supporters of other presidential hopefuls filing their candidacy papers also gathered outside the gates.
“This is about keeping the country moving forward. The progress needs to continue,” Lamothe told The Associated Press after he handed in his paperwork about three hours before the deadline.
Asked when he changed his mind about running for president, he shrugged and kept greeting partisans.
Other candidates who have submitted papers to run for president include Jude Celestin, the last election cycle’s government-backed candidate, and Maryse Narcisse, the leader of the Fanmi Lavalas party that former two-time President Jean-Bertrand Aristide founded. via – ABC News.