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Haitian radio: President nominates international banking official to be next PM

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian radio is reporting that President Rene Preval has picked an international banking official to be the troubled country's next prime minister.

Radio Metropole says that Inter-American Development Bank senior official Ericq Pierre will succeed ousted Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis.

Sunday's appointment of Pierre as the country's No. 2 politician must be approved by Haiti's Parliament. It was not immediately known when lawmakers would take up the nomination.

At least seven people died earlier this month during riots over food shortages that cost Alexis his job. Haitian lawmakers fired the prime minister for failing to boost food production.