PM Ratification Brings Intense Negotiations and Constitutional Controversy
- Monday, May 30, 2011 12:02 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The process of ratifying Daneil-GÃ©rard Rouzier to be next Prime Minister of Haiti is being done in the background, filled with intense negotiations and a constitutional controversy that looms above.
"It is quite normal that the head of State, Joseph Michel Martelly, and Prime Minister designate, Daniel GÃ©rard Rouzier, discuss the objectives and the formation of the next Government with the political forces represented in Parliament," said the former Senator, Edgard Leblanc Fils.
"And one cannot call it a crisis because of the mere fact that negotiations on this subject are being held between the Executive and the majority bloc in the Parliament", Fils, The National Coordinator of the Organisation du Peuple en Lutte (OPL), continued.
Questioned on Saturday by Radio Kiskeya, , Fils considers that Martelly and Rouzier should negotiate with all political groups represented in Parliament.
The Chairman of the Executive Committee of the political platform LibÃ©ration, former Parliamentarian, Serge Jean-Louis, referred to the Constitution to emphasize the need of an Executive with no ties to the majority in the Parliament, that can negotiate with the many political forces that are represented. This is would be the unique path leading to the ratification of the Prime Minister designate, he argued.
Speaking in the debate, the President of the socio-political movement "Aimer Haiti", Mr. Camille Leblanc, considered it normal that a party with a certain majority in the Parliament decides to engage in negotiations with the executives, Martelly and Rouzier. However, he considers that, for various reasons, INITE parliamentarians should be less unwilling to negotiate.
The actual process of ratifying the Prime Minister designate should be begin this week with the meeting of the two houses in the National Assembly.
Due to a publication in Le Moniteur on May 13 of a text in the amendment not voted on by the Parliament, the question arises whether under the authority of what Constitution ratification of the Prime Minister designate will be performed.
If it is under the amended, erroneous, Constitution according to Le Moniteur on May 13, the Prime Minister will have to be ratified by the National Assembly.
If is is according to the unamended Constitution of 1987, the correct version, unamended by the vote of the legislature on May 9, ratification must be in separate rooms, one with the Senators, the other with the Deputies.
The question has been the subject of an intense debate in various sectors of national life. The Office of the National Assembly has transmitted to the Chief Executive the authentic amendment text, the way it should have been published in Le Moniteur.
In this connection, the Executive Director of the National Council actors Non State (CONHANE), Edouard Paultre, wished Saturday on the airwaves of Radio Kiskeya that President Martelly publishes in Le Moniteur, before the ratification of the Prime Minister Rouzier, the version of the constitutional amendment actually voted on.
"If this is not done, the CONHANE is already prepared to participate in a citizen movement designed to achieve it." "Because a constitution is an instrument of capital importance in the process of establishment of democracy in the country." "President Martelly must to be satisfied in dealing seriously with the issue of the amendment and taking into account the fact that it is a country that he is called upon to manage," concluded Mr. Paultre.
Professor Rony Desroches, Executive Director of the Initiative of the Civil Society (ISC), agrees it is also important to publish the voted on amendment in the official journal of the Republic, in the place and place of the text of May 13.
Desroches pointed out that the present situation places the population in the difficulty of wondering under what constitution is is operating with and on the basis of what the process of ratification of the next Prime Minister fundamental Charter is triggered.
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Source: Radio Kiskeya