Haitian Politics

Haiti President Decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order Gil Colunje

PANAMA CITY, Panama (defend.ht/P) - In Panama, President Michel Martelly received from the University of Panama the Grand Cross of the Order Colunje Gil for his commitment to the development of Haiti.

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Two Americans Arrested for Conspiracy in Haiti Released

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Two Americans arrested in a May 18 army protest, for conspiracy to overthrow the government were released on Friday for lack of sufficient evidence.

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Haiti Wants to Deal on Equal Terms with Caribbean Nations

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly ended his last working day at the CARICOM Summit in St Lucia discussing economic and political strides in Haiti and the country's desire to become an equal partner with other Caribbean nations.

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Haiti Senate in a State of Dysfunction

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian Senate has entered in its second month unable to do work. After a 3-day retreat to smooth out differences, still only 10 senators were present for the Grand Body's session on Thursday. With this failure to make quorum the Senate President was forced to adjourn the meeting.

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President Martelly Urges Caribbean Community to Meet the Needs of Haiti

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia (defend.ht/P) - President Michel Martelly urged that the Caricom benefits meet the real needs of the Haitian people. In one example he stressed that French should be accepted as an official language of the organization, in addition to English. Martelly also advocated for the integration of Haitian administrators into the Caricom leadership.

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Canada Foreign Aid Minister Bev Oda Resigns

OTTAWA, Canada (defend.ht) - Bev Oda, the woman responsible for the relocation of hundreds of thousands from the tent camps on Champs de Mars, Port-au-Prince, Haiti resigned Tuesday as Canada's Minister of International Cooperation. She was replaced by the less experienced former Police Chief, Julian Fantino.

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Haiti President Martelly at Caribbean Summit Supports More Reform in External Relations

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia (defend.ht/P) - At the 33rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community, President Michel Martelly stressed that the success of the region is dependent on the development of each country. Martelly said in Haiti, the development of agriculture must be assisted by its neighbors in region.

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Haiti House Finance Committee Announces Working Sessions with PM and Ministers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The House Finance and Economy Committee expects to hold a working meeting with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and his Minister of Finance next week to go over the 2012-13 budget recently submitted to the Chamber of Deputies and to obtain answers on ministry spending, or the lack thereof, of funds that were allocated for projects but not spent in the past year.

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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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