Haitian Politics

Haiti President Martelly's Visit to the South East Department

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/P) - President Michel Martelly traveled to the South East department on Monday where it was announced that a local road between Peredo and Belle-Anse would be repaved. While in the department the Head of State distributed 10,000 food kits to the population.

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Haiti Gov't Operation to Repave 23 Miles of Road in Port-au-Prince

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - 23 miles of roadway in the city of Port-au-Prince will be repaved in an operation called "Bouche Twou", "Close Holes", announced the office of the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe.

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Haiti President Paves Way for Independent Judiciary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/PdH) - President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, proceeded, this Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the inauguration of members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), the first since the development of the 1987 Constitution.

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An Independent Judicial System Becomes Operational in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The nine (9) members of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) were installed into office on Tuesday morning at a ceremony held at the School of Magistrates. In the five years since its establishment, the CSPJ and a judicial system independent to control itself became operational.

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Haiti President Travels to 33rd Caricom Heads Conference, St. Lucia

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Monday, July 2, 2012. The President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, left the country, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, bound for Gros Islet, St. Lucia, where he will officially participate in the 33rd Conference of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6.

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Haitian Senate on 3-Day Retreat to Reflect on Function

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – On Sunday, Haitian Senators began a three day retreat at Club Indigo in Montrouis to discuss matters of their function with technical and logistical support of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Senate President Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) gave details on the agenda.

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$1.3 Billion Disposed to Reform Haitian National Police Force

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/PdH) - Saturday, June 30, 2012: President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, led, this Friday, June 29, at the National Palace, a high-level meeting on the National Police of Haiti (HNP). This meeting aimed to ensure cohesion in the sustainable building of the police institution.

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Haiti: PM Commits to 4-Year Reform Project of National Police Force

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/PdH) - Saturday, June 30, 2012: Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Laurent Salvador Lamothe, participated on Friday, June 29, at the National Palace, a high-level meeting of the National Police of Haiti under the authority of the President of the Republic His Excellency Mr. Joseph Michel Martelly. The purpose of the meeting was firstly to evaluate the professionalization of the police institution and the other to find new ways of cooperation and leadership for its sustainable capacity.

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Haiti: Proposed Budget of $3.2B for 2012-13 Submitted

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haitian lawmakers applauded the timely submission of the Martelly-Lamothe administration's proposed Law on Finances for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The document reached the Chamber of Deputies Friday and will be reviewed for soundness before becoming law.

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Haiti: Investment Opportunities Knocking for The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (defend.ht) - Big or small, near or far, the opportunity for investing in an emerging Haiti can come from any country anywhere. Seasoned businessman Gregory Mevs, volunteering as the Haitian Ambassador of Trade and Investment, demonstrated the opportunities that the business community of the Bahamas had in Haiti.

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OAS Issues 5 Million ID Cards in Haiti Civil Registry Project

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Organization of American States which oversaw the past elections in Haiti has ended a stage of its Civil Registry Project having registered 5,054,214 Haitians with national identification cards. These cards, include innovations in data acquisition and are required to participate in upcoming elections and obtain public services.

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Haiti: Members of Parliament Call for more than 25 Million HTG per Commune

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - As expectations are set for the Bill of Finance 2012-13 to be submitted Friday to the Lower House discussions between the executive and legislature surround the topic of doubling allocations to communal territories.

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Haiti Supreme Council of the Judicial Power Expects Installation Tuesday

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haiti plans to install members of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) into office on Tuesday, July 3rd.

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Haiti President Martelly: "...maybe, I was not aware."

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – President Michel Martelly was on full damage control Thursday distancing himself from plans to demolish 450 homes of a hillside slum in the capital. In an interview, the president said he may not have been aware of the decision, saying his government is there to build homes for people not destroy them.

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Bill Clinton Arrives in Haiti with Grants, Loans for Development

NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrived in Haiti on Thursday to participate in meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton's organizations accumulated to bring a number of loans and a grant for development in Haiti.

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Haiti: Senate Begins Talks on Electoral Council Members

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The Senate of the Republic began deliberations on its choices for three persons to serve on the Permanent Electoral Council (CEP). Senate President Simon Dieuseul Desras (Centre/Lavni) confirmed that hearings were being held while the Grand Cour is on retreat as he answered concerns surrounding the process of selecting electoral councilors.

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Haitian Government Reacts to Impeachment of Paraguay President Fernando Lugo

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government condemned the impeachment of the President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, on Tuesday, saying that it threatens democratic regimes in the region.

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Dominicans Concerned about Closing of $2B[US] per Year Border Markets

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Vice President of the Dominican Agrobusiness Board, Osmar Benitez, says Dominicans should be concerned with statements from the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe who studies the possibility of closing border markets valued at $2 billion [US] annually for Dominicans.

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Lamothe Committed to Closing Markets on Haiti-DR Border Amid Smuggling

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Public markets along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border serve more as points where Dominican products enter Haiti duty-free, rather than centers of mutual trade, according to the Haitian government who is seeking to close down the marketplaces along the 225 mile border.

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Haiti: French Ambassador Refuses to Shake Duvalier's Hand

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The French Ambassador to Haiti, Didier Le Bret, made headlines this weekend for refusing to shake the hand of the former President-for-Life, Jean-Claude Duvalier, at an anniversary celebration for one of Haiti's prestigious schools.

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