Legislative

Senator Lambert "barbaric" assault of citizen

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) admitted to attacking a citizen of the republic, a young activist and student, causing injury and the loss of two teeth, because the citizen called declarations by Lambert, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, lies during a meeting.

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Legislative sessions not possible in lame duck

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Chamber of Deputies, although in complete control of the National Palace, has not been able to hold any meetings in 2014, marking a deepening lame duck session that began in 2011.

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Senate, National Palace discuss defunct Superior Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A meeting, Thursday, between members of the Senate Bureau and the President of the Republic of which discussions were around the defunct Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, did not end well.

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Haiti: Senate hearing with Prime Minister on Arms Purchase

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic will convene the Prime Minister and members of his cabinet on January 29 to obtain answers about the purchase of tens of thousands of automatic rifles and pistols and also to express their discontent with the 2013 report on the works of the Haitian government.

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Haiti: Clash for Presidency in Lower House

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - While the Assembly of Senators (20) voted to maintain the same officers with Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) at the helm, the Chamber of Deputies failed to meet the conditions, according to one member, required to vote on its officers for 2014.

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Haiti: Lawmakers protest legitimacy of administration in National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators Pierre Francky Exius and Jean-Charles Moise, among other lawmakers, left the National Assembly on Monday in protest against the President and Prime Minister whom they consider having no legitimacy.

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Haiti: Senator Moise says Aristide ousted him from Fanmi Lavalas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) has pointed the finger at former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as the orchestrator of the decision to remove him as a member of the Fanmi Lavalas Political Party.

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Haiti: Reactions registered after talks with Dominican Republic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Among the reactions registered after the first meeting of the Haiti-Dominican Republic bi-national commission was from the President of the Haitian Senate Justice Committee who considered it unfortunate that the Haitian Prime Minister sat with the Dominican Minister to the Presidency who serves a role of somewhat of secretary.

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Senator Bien-Aime inquietude on upcoming Haiti, D.R. talks

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime (Nord-Est/Inite), in exercising his control over the executive administration, welcomed the renewed talks with the Dominican Republic, as his Department includes the border towns of Ouanaminthe, which has a high flow of border traffic, but cautioned citizens on the manner and content of the discussions and that they deal with the problem at hand and not on giving more contracts.

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Haiti: Customs accuses Deputy Belizaire of Smuggling

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Two trucks of unknown cargo came from the Dominican Republic and entered Cite Soleil said the Director General of Customs, Fresnel Jean Baptiste, who accused Deputy Arnel Belizaire (Delmas-Tabarre/ind.) of accompanying the shipments and violently bypassing customs checkpoints on route to a destination unknown.

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Haiti: Senator Moise to meet with Brazil President about Peacekeepers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean Charles Moise will travel to Brazil in the coming days where he will be hosted by its president Dilma Rousseff. Among topics for discussions include the retreat of the United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti.

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Martelly did not invite Aristide to South Africa, Deputy reproaches

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Learning that President Michel Martelly would be leading a delegation to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Deputy Jules Lyonel Anelus said it was folly for Martelly to not invite former President Jean Bertrand Aristide who spent many years in exile in South Africa and would have been well-received as an effort to unify Haiti.

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Haiti: Law for overdue elections awaits enactment by President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The electoral law for the senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, arrived at the National Palace on Wednesday and only need to be enacted by the President in order to set Haiti's next elections in motion.

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Corruption remains steady in Haiti says Leading Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Corruption in Haiti remained steady and the improvement in ranking from 165 to 163 (in a field of 177 countries) in the Transparency International index is due to the absence of countries from the list, said Senator Andris Riche, who pointed out that the drop in ranking from 145 to 175 (in a field of 186 countries) in the index in 2011 is far from being recovered.

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Haiti: National Assembly President defends letter to Chile

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - National Assembly President Simon Desras defended his letter to his Chilean counterpart requesting that their army contingent based in Haiti fight on the side of the people and not the President of the Republic if in the case. In fact, Desras said he had sent similar letters to several other nations with forces in Haiti.

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Haiti: Reactions to Family Lavalas Ousting of Moise and Belizaire

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise seemed to disregard the press note from the Fanmi Lavalas National Coordinator Maryse Narcisse and executive committee and said the party's executive leadership has neither the political power or morality to take the initiative to throw him out of a party, of which he says he was elected Mayor of Milot for two terms in. Different groups within Lavalas expressed their support for the senator and deputy over the party's leadership.

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Haiti Senate President Asks Chile Troops to Defy Haiti President

SANTIAGO, Chile (sentinel.ht) - Chile's National Assembly will meet in a special session on Tuesday to discuss the warning of the President of the Haitian National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, of an impending institutional conflict in Haiti and requesting that Chilean soldiers defend the 'people' and defy President Michel Martelly.

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Haiti: Parliament Ratifies Law for Overdue Elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - An electoral law was ratified by Parliament on Wednesday and sent to the National Palace to be enacted and allow for the organization of senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, to be held.

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Haiti: Damning indictment from the President of the National Assembly


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, severely criticized the executive, November 22 at the opening of the second special session of the National Assembly, which will sit on more than a dozen bills, including the electoral law.

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Haiti Senate to Travel to Uruguay for $3.4 million Investigation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senate delegation will travel to Uruguay to investigate how a $3.4 million indemnity paid to Haiti went unnannounced and now cannot be accounted for by the Martelly administration announced Senator Westner Polycarpe on Thursday.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly