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Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe responded to Senate convocation, How did he do?

After 3 convocations not respected by Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, it finally took place yesterday, June 4th, 2013. The Prime Minister spent over 11 hours in the Senate answering questions from a number of Senators. He was threatened with a possible interpellation if he did not respond to this convocation.

According to comments from many Senators as well as many responses from social medias and radios so far, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe did not convince them with his responses yesterday. This includes explanations given on the use of 5 billion Gourdes disbursed during the period of emergency last year, projects in various departments, road construction, Airport construction as well as respect for the Haitian Constitution.

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Lucien Francoeur postponing Prime Minister convocation

Senators in the Haitian Parliament are frustrated, concerned, and angry over two postponements by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to convoke a senate meeting on pressing issues: budget allocations and terrorist-support activities.

Primature Secretary General, Lucien Francoeur, Lamothe's representative, sent letters to Senator Steven Benoit, cancelling meetings scheduled for May 28th and 30th to address the issues. Benoit feels Lamothe has patronized the opposition by not directly responding himself.

Benoit and his supporters, Moise Jean-Charles, Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, Jean William Jeanty, Wesner Polycarpe, John Annick, and François Joseph need answers why 2012 expenditures favored the National Fund for Education. They charge this was a mis-use of Treasury monies and a devaluation of the Haitian gourde. They think the monies should have been used to restore the National Palace damaged by the 2010 earthquake.

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