If you try and you don't succeed, try again. Once again, a new date has been selected for the National Assembly to decide on the future of Provisional President Jocelerme Privert. The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2016 which will be exactly one month after the mandate of President Privert expired. This is according to the Vice-President of the National Assembly, Ronald Lareche. The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, for his part said that there were major progress with various issues in term of political accord in the Parliament. Deputy Chancy insisted that before the National Assembly meet again, the lawmakers must find an accord as to whether or not they will keep Jocelerme Privert to continue to head the government or if they will replace him.
The United States has suspended its financial assistance toward the completion of the presidential election process in Haiti and made it clear that they will not give even a penny for the Oct. 9 rerun election. According to State Department spokesman John Kirby on Thursday, "We did not plan funding for two more electoral rounds in 2016 and 2017". Mr Kirby explained in his news briefing that the suspension of electoral aid did not mean a reduction in U.S. support for various development projects in Haiti.
This is not a shock to the Haitian authorities. Instead it might be welcome even though the government doesn't necessarily have the fund to conduct these elections. The president of the CEP Léopold Berlanger as well as interim President Jocelerme Privert have stated in the past that these elections should be funded by Haitians. Presidential spokesman Serge Simon has stated recently that: "We already made ourselves clear: Haiti will make all effort to find the $55 million to do the elections."
A new date has been set aside by Haiti National Assembly to decide on the fate and future of President Jocelerme Privert. The date is Tuesday, June 28, 2016. After several days of negotiation the Haitian lawmakers have finally decide to hold the National Assembly in an attempt to solve the current crisis. We did receive confirmation from the first secretary of the Chamber of Deputies that it will in fact take place. One more important question that is probably on the mind of most people: will it actually take place? Will the actors for a change act like responsible people?
The session that was supposed to take place at the Haitian parliament to determine the future of the provisional president Jocelerme Privert once again did not take place and once again the political crisis continues. Although the politic of "empty chair" continues with some, the pro Privert crowd who were protesting in the streets yesterday did not make things any easier at the Haitian Parliament. Some protesters attempted to penetrate into the institution, forcing both employees and parliamentarians to ran for shelter. These protesters threw stones and bottles towards the parliament building before the police later resumed control of the situation
The Senator of Ayiti An Asyon (AAA) Youri Latortue, former adviser to President Michel Martelly admitted that PHTK had rigged the elections of August 9 and October 25, 2015
"We believe that President Jocelerme Privert is rigging the coming elections in favor a a specific group, the same way PHTK was doing".
What do you think for someone who was close adviser to president Michel Martelly to admit something like this?
For those people who think that Jocelerme Privert is no longer president of Haiti, this message will not be well received. The President of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, has spoken and it is to remind everyone that stability continues at the level of the executive government. He spoke about the note signed by both Mr. Cholzer Chancy, President of the Chamber of Deputies and Ronald Lareche, Vice-President of the Senate that has created confusion for the public is not the appropriate answer to the current problem. The government is functional. his mandate is to organize elections in Haiti.
The National assembly scheduled for June 14 to decide on the future of the Jocelerme Privert did not take place. Only about 30 Senators and Deputies were present yesterday afternoon. We now have a unique situation in Haiti where nobody knows who is really in charge. Is it the National assembly that is unable to hold a meeting? Is it Jocelerme Privert who's term expired on June 14? is it Vice President Enex Jean-Charles?
The Haitian Parliament has declared now they are in charge of the country. In a note issued on June 14, 2016 by both Mr. Cholzer Chancy, President of the Chamber of Deputies and Ronald Lareche, Vice-President of the Senate, The Haitian Parliament wants to inform the nation that this 14th of June, 2016 brought the end of the 120 days of the mendate for the Provisional President Jocelerme Privert. As a rtesult, the Haitian Parliament is engaged in working with the other powers to find a solution.
We have the date for the presidential election in Haiti. It is scheduled for October 9, 2016, according to President Jocelerme Privert. The date was revealed following a direct question from Dominican President Danilo Medina to Privert on Saturday during a bilateral meeting at the summit of the ACS in Havana: "When is that elections will take place in Haiti?". According to the Haitian President, "Elections must take place on October 9, according to all available information".
However a very important question was not asked: With whom?
The Decree to increase the minimum wage finally issued by President Jocelerme Privert. Effective May 1, 2016, An employee who works an eight-hour working day for the highest sector will receive a minimum salary of 375 gourdes ($6.05). Previously, it was 240 gourdes ($3.87). The salaries for workers in different sectors such as the industrial, private and service sectors will receive varying increases.
This Decreed was issued following pressure from various workers demanding an increase in the minimum wage to deal with high inflation. Few weeks ago, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince, demanding an increase of 500 gourdes in the minimum wage. In addition, an ongoing strike by various State hospitals has left the population without any access to health care.
President Jocelerme Privert set the tone in Arcahaie on May 18 for the 213th anniversary of Haiti Flag, specially and wants to send a clear signal to those interested in crime. In regard to the terror attack on the departmental police station in Les Cayes, Jocelerme Privert stated: " When a person sits in his home, asks people to take up arms and attack a police station and kill police officers, he has no other name but bandit, criminal and trafficker." He went on to say that" .......we will not tolerate anarchists, murderers, traffickers, criminals, who look to put the country in a trap. Law enforcement has the order to track down these criminals and bring them before justice."
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