Haitian Politics

Haiti: President's Motorcade involved in Traffic Accident

MILOT, Haiti (defend.ht) - Six died and 15 were injured early Thursday morning on Route National #1 toward Montrouis. In a separate incident, seven persons of the Presidential motorcade, escorting President Michel Martelly to Milot were involved in an accident.

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Haiti: Senator Desras Meets with Cheryl Mills on Electoral Council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the Senate, Simon Dieuseul Desras, held a meeting with Cheryl Mills, the Chief of Staff of the patron saint of the Department of State, Hillary Clinton, particularly devoted to the establishment of the Permanent Electoral Council and the organization of elections.

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Haiti: Port Infrastructure, Reform Pits Martelly-Lamothe against Predecessors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Tuesday, Alix Celestin, newly appointed Director of the National Port Authority announced groundbreaking renovations to be made to the port of Port-au-Prince in October. Along with new policies by the Martelly-Lamothe administration, the changes to be implemented in Haiti's ports pits the sophomore administration against the policies of their predecessors, former Presidents Rene Preval and Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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Haiti: Champs de Mars Emptied, President Martelly Kept His Word

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Tuesday, July 17, 2012. "Finally, I can bring my children to Champs de Mars. This is where I learned to ride my bicycle, and this is precisely where I met their mother ... I've always wanted to come back here with them. My children will finally be able to know what life was like before January 12, 2012." Charles Jean Luma, 47, father of two children.

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Haiti - Sevis Pam: Miami Consulate Services at Home

MIAMI, FL, USA (defend.ht) - The Consulate of Haiti in Miami announced "Sevis Pam", a service for the Haitian community in Miami to receive consular services at home.

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Haiti: Lawmaker Denounces Pressure to Appoint Electoral Council Members

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The First Secretary of the Great Body that is the Senate, Steven Benoit (Ouest/Alternative) characterized the letter by President Martelly as a lack of respect for another power, in requesting that the legislature contribute within 8 days (now 4) its 3 members of the Permanent Electoral Council.

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Haiti: Judiciary Begins Process of Appointing Electoral Council Members

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - This week, the Haitian judiciary began its process of appointing its three members that will sit on the 9-member Permanent Electoral Council, we learned from a communication from Supreme Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) spokesman Nehemie Joseph.

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Brazil Pledges Haiti $100M for Legislative, Municipal Elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe held a working meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador accredited to Port-au-Prince on Wednesday where Brazil pledged $100 million in support for upcoming legislative and municipal elections.

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Haiti: Police Council Discuss Crackdown on Unruly Drivers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe held a meeting with the high command of the National Police of Haiti. The discussion were on increasing the number of officers on traffic duty, increasing and managing fines to unruly drivers and placing cameras around the exterior of public buildings.

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Haiti, Ecuador Sign Two Accords

QUITO, Ecuador (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly signed two bilateral agreements with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Wednesday that describe technical cooperation in reconstructing Haiti and political cooperation in the region. These agreements were described by the Communication's Office of the President.

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150th Anniversary of Haiti - U.S. Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - Commemorating the July 12, 1862 recognition of Haiti's independence by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the US Embassy Port Au Prince, Haiti celebrated 150 years of Haiti-U.S. Relations.

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Haiti: Martelly Gives Parliament 8 Days to Contribute to Electoral Council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly required of the Haitian Parliament, particularly the Senate, to send, within 8 days, the names of the 3 members that will sit on the board of 9 of the Permanent Electoral Council.

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Haiti: CSPJ First Case, One of Insubordination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) has opened an investigation into the swearing-in of two new judges after it had placed a moratorium on installing new justices in the territory.

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Haiti: Executive Finance Bill 2012-13 Defended before Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Tuesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and the Ministers of Planning and Finance held a working session with the House Committee of the Economy and Finance. In this meeting the Legislative and Executive parties came to an agreement for the distribution of resources throughout every commune of Haiti.

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Haiti: Council of Economic and Social Development Established

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A new institution called the Council of Economic and Social Development was established on Monday and was tasked to simplify administrative procedures of the government and facilitate investment in Haiti.

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Haiti, Ecuador Presidents Seek Cooperation on Defense

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly and Minister of National Defense, Jean Rodolphe Joazile, left Port-au-Prince on Tuesday bound for Ecuador, for an official visit of 48 hours during which several meetings on cooperation and matters of civil defense will be held with Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa.

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Haiti Gov't Believes Elections Possible in 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly met with officials from the United Nations peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, and members of the international diplomatic corps to discuss the organization of legislative and local elections, 8 months past due.

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Haiti President: Political Instability is Perception More than Reality

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly was asked by a Brazilian newspaper about the political instability Haiti faced in his first year in office and how the situation has changed since then. The President told reporters that political instability in his first year was more perception than reality.

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A New Framework for the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A new step was taken in public administration. Haitian diplomacy will soon benefit from the skills base of ten graduate students selected by competition by the Haitian Chancery. This is from a promise made by the Foreign Minister, Laurent Lamothe, Friday, November 13, 2011, at the time of his visit to the National Institute of Management and International Studies (INAGHEI).

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Haiti Mayor Assn. Responds to Gov't Plan to Revoke Mayors

ABRICOTS, Haiti (defend.ht) - With reports coming from the federal government of its intentions to revoke more than 100 elected mayors throughout Haiti, the President of the Mayors Assocation of Grand Anse, Jean Claude Fignole, objected in an open letter to the Minister of the Interior.

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