Haitian Politics

OAS invokes 'dictatorship scenario' for Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, Albert Ramdin, the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) spoke of a scenario in which Haitian President Michel Martelly would "rule by decree" starting January 2015. Ramdin and the OAS are member to a faction of the international community in Haiti calling itself the "Core Group", which has provided support to the Martelly administration over its 3-year confrontation with, now, all sectors of Haitian society affected by the deepening electoral crisis.

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Martelly endorses Lamothe for Next President of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly endorsed Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as his successor Friday before a crowd of a few hundred women attending an event for the 2 year anniversary of the Ti Manman Cheri social assistance program. The Head of State told the attendees if they want to see programs such as it continue vote for "him" next year.

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"Electoral Council does not exist", says President Desras

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The 7-member "Provisional Electoral Council" has no legal basis. The only national consensus existing for the body sworn in by the defacto-Minister of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, is that it has no credibility. These were the sentiments shared by the President of the National Assembly, Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni), who urges the rapid formation of a Constitutional Provisional Electoral Council to organize overdue elections by year's end.

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Haiti: Citizens in politics merit arrest, rationale of PM Advisor

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - When a citizen involves himself in politics, that may merit his arrest. This was the rationale of Adviser to the Prime Minister, Berthony Belgarde, during a radio interview Tuesday morning when pressed to answer whether the rights of imprisoned political activist, Rony Timothée, had been violated.

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Mayor Lucie Tondreau sought by FBI for mortgage fraud

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht) - Federal agents planned to arrest North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau on mortgage fraud charges Monday but she was out of town — attending a convention in Las Vegas.

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John Kerry is misinformed say Lawmakers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - John Kerry appears to be misinformed or protecting unshared interests in Haiti, according to some lawmakers and advocates for democracy who reacted to statements the U.S. Secretary of State published to the U.S. Congress, Wednesday in the Federal Register.

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Haiti Gov't in accord to promote tourism with D.R.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Martelly administration signed a number of agreements with the Dominican Republic, Thursday, to cooperate with them on tourism, commerce and health. The inhumane situation facing hundreds of thousands denationalized in the D.R. had not been addressed with the agreements and remains unchanged since created in September 2013.

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Haiti: Lawmakers rescue Senator "aggressed" by Police

GRESSIER, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A delegation of lawmakers, both senators and deputies, joined a large crowd of citizens, who were forced into rescuing Senator Jean-Charles Moise, who decried being "aggressed" by police in the town of Gressier, Ouest. The incident took place as a climate of dictatorship had begun settling in Haiti, with elections overdue and stacking for nearly three years.

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Martelly to decree Duvalier Lawyer into electoral council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Via executive order and without the participation of the Parliament, President Michel Martelly is expected to appoint Fritzo Canton, one of the defense lawyers of former Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, to a "Provisional Electoral Council" not conforming with that described Constitution of Haiti; this is according to a press note from the National Palace.

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"We can't begin to talk about development," says Interior Minister Delva

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The local governments at the township and city level across the country are in "total disorder" and in many cases "dysfunctional", according to the new Minister of the Interior, Reginald Delva, who urged political actors to expedite the electoral process, to replace the more than 140 appointed local commissioners and mayors with officials that should have been elected in the overdue 2011 elections. For Minister Delva, the untenable situation compromises democracy and takes any talk of development out of the national conversation.

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'Martelly has no intention of holding elections' says his Senate partisans

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senator of the Republic said the population should not be confused, 'the President of the Republic has no intention of holding elections'. This would not be news if it had not come from Senator Francisco Delacruz (Centre/Alternativ), who is not in the opposition and was a participant in the talks at El Rancho, at which his party signed the controversial accord. Furthermore, Senator Edwin Zenny (Sud-Est/Inite), a steadfast Martelly loyalist, warned the Head of State against his inclination to apply the controversial Article 12 of the controversial El Rancho accord.

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Senate formally calls for CEP based on the Constitution of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic sent a letter to the National Palace to formally inform the Head of State of the need to hold elections, three years overdue, by the end of 2014. Accordingly, the Senate has proposed the formation of Provisional Electoral Council based on the amended Constitution of Haiti of 1987, Article 289.

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Senate President solicits the resignation of President Martelly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Monday, the President of the National Assembly solicited the President of the Republic to resign from office if elections, overdue since 2011, are not held by year's end.

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Martelly gives Senators ultimatum to amend Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly expressed his determination to hold senatorial and local elections on October 26, 2014, with or without an electoral law or new electoral council. Opponents have likened the tentative contests to those of the Duvalier era where actual voting was merely for show as the eventual victors were chosen by the National Palace.

Faced with a large and growing opposition and the need to hold his contests, Martelly threatened to apply article 12 of an agreement, made at the El Rancho hotel, between minority political parties, of international community pressure and under the auspices of the Catholic Church.

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"Criminal state", decries population after release of wife of Sonson Lafamilia

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The wife of one of Haiti and Interpol's most wanted criminals was irregularly released from prison and according to sources, picked up by a vehicle of the National Palace, causing outrage throughout the population over the reign of impunity in Haiti.

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Martelly says the National Treasury is empty

LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly said the National Treasury is empty an audio recording, taken as he was speaking to a group of supporters in the city of Les Cayes, revealed the declaration.

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Senators will not vote electoral law, tentative elections doubtful

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The amendments proposed to the electoral law during the talks at El Rancho will not be brought to the floor of the Senate announced Senate President Simon Desras. This means elections that were due to be held in 2011 and 2013 would not be held in 2014, and definetly not the October 26, 2014 date announced by the President of the Republic.

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Senator apologizes for assault on citizen

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - After hundreds took the streets in Jacmel and after the filing of a criminal complaint against himself, Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) apologized to his family, colleagues and young victim, Daniel Theodore, whom he broke his jaw causing the loss of teeth.

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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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