Haiti parliament rejects presidential adviser's bid for next prime minister

Haiti's parliament has rejected the nomination of presidential adviser Robert Manuel to be prime minister. Lawmakers say Manuel failed to meet basic qualifications for the No. 2 post, arguing that he does not own property in Haiti and is not registered to vote. The Chamber of Deputies' 57-26 vote Thursday means the impoverished country will enter a third month without a head of government or Cabinet. The Senate ousted Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis on April 12 following days of food riots. Manuel, a former security chief and friend of President Rene Preval, is the second nominee Haitian lawmakers have rejected so far this year.