Grave Consequences Await Constitution Publication says Georges Michel
- Madi, 29 me, 2012 9:27 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – One of the writers of the 1987 Constitution of Haiti, Georges Michel, warned that there would be serious consequences if President Michel Martelly were to publish the Constitution of Haiti that was, for the first time since 1987, amended by a two-thirds majority of Haitian Parliamentarians on May 8th and 9th, 2011.
An article in Ayiti libr quoted Michel:
"... President Martelly received a report from a group of independent lawyers who explained A + B why we cannot publish [the Constitution]. It is the President of the Republic and he is free to decide what he wants, but he will face the consequences, because the publication of the disputed amendments, fraudulent amendments will not be inconsequential.”
”Should he forget that there is a second constitution in Creole in the country, which is intact and genuine and which is contradictory. So I ask, how does he intend to address this situation?”
”It will happen at the things President, there will be some negative consequence for him, because we cannot do a thing and its opposite. The reasons which prevented the publication of amendments still remain, if he chooses to ignore, that is his choice, it is his responsibility but these reasons are and remain.”
”When will he speak of Rule of Law, he will not be taken seriously, he will lose credibility and it is in the making of twists, that's one thing.”
”The second point is that you will have a political problem from the publication of the amendment. There are people who will rejoice, but there are others who will continue to defend the Constitution, and President Martelly will find himself with a Constitutional and political crisis on our hands, he will manage for the time he has left in his term…”
”There are advantages in the amendments that Mr. Préval had put to him, Mr. Préval had deliberately destabilized the Constitution. One advantage he had done, it's a Permanent Electoral Council, which eliminates the involvement of the base and a Constitutional Council which would be in his pay ... The consequence is that we may find ourselves facing a boycott of the elections, with contested elections, fraudulent and a 5% ...”
”And he [the President Martelly] he will manage all that... in relation to section 149... Now there is the Acting Prime Minister and the Prime Minister if jumps... there is nothing. So we have the logic of 1957 with public and governments of salvation that each, each week will be [in that situation], to imagine his own government, therefore, we go to problems...”
”But again, it is the responsibility of the President, we can not much [...] there will be serious consequences... I think the disadvantages of the publication of amendments, far outweighs the benefits we could get. "