Martelly: "I will defend dual nationality because it's good for Haiti"
- Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:42 PM
MIAMI, USA - On the first stop of the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly's, trip to meet with the Haitian diaspora, he told a crowd that he would "defend dual nationality because it's good for Haiti."
According to the Miami Herald who covered the event, Martelly also added that "everyone here has an important role."
A declaration that Martelly has been making to the Haitian community living abroad was repeated again as well when he said "Haiti is open for business."
Constitutional amendments passed in the National Assembly and published in Le Moniteur by the former President, Rene Preval, were nullified by presidential decree when President Martelly alleged there had been errors in the text published compared to those voted on by the 49th Legislature.
The nullifying of the constitutional amendments and new tariffs or taxes put on international calls and transfers have been a point of criticism by many Haitians outside of Haiti, who call and send remittances to the island.
Since Martelly became the President-elect back in April, he has fought to put together a properly functioning government. Difficulties began with the legislative elections which were wrought with fraud, a constitutional crisis and the need to ratify a prime minister to serve for the next five years; all three story lines have yet to conclude.
President Martelly will host a special banquet Saturday evening and then travel to New York, for a rally in Manahattan and a dinner with leaders of the NY Haitian community.
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Source: Miami Herald