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Parliament Preparing for Possible Impeachment Proceedings against Michel Martelly

President Martelly is on the verge of being impeached. He has delayed national and local elections for almost two years now, citing problems with seating permanent members of the Electoral Council (EC). Both the international community and members of his own government have been calling for elections to be held by the end of 2013. The U.S. is standing by, ready to provide funding, but Martelly keeps using the EC as a scapegoat for not holding elections.

On September 16th, the Patriotic Movement of the Democratic Opposition is planning to assemble a coalition of 11 political parties to move against the Martelly government. They are encouraging Parliament to vote on a proposal presented by 13 Deputies.

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Plot Thickens Concerning Martelly Family Corruption Charges

The narrative of Haiti's first family being investigated on corruption charges has just taken a new twist in an ever-widening net of conspirators plotting Martelly's downfall. Human rights attorney, Andre Michel, is representing Enold Florestal, a citizen who filed the complaint, accused First Lady, Sophia Martelly, and son, Oliver Martelly, with embezzlement of government funds. Florestal was arrested for his part in the killing of Frantzy Duverseau three years ago.

Michel claims Martelly government proxies bribed Florestal to withdraw the complaint. But he refused, and Judge Lamarre Belizaire, new on the case, pursued Florestal, and had him arrested. An outpouring of public condemnation against Belizaire made his task difficult. But he finally swore out a warrant to capture Florestal and his brother, Josue, incarcerating them for Duverseau's death.

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Michel Martelly, Laurent Lamothe and Jean-Renel Sanon Indicted

The report of the Senate Special Committee that was investigating whether or not there was a meeting between Judge Jean Serge Joseph, and the executive branch prior to his death has come out.

The investigation in fact confirmed that President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamother and the Minister of Justice Jean Renel Sanon indeed met the magistrate Jean-Serge Joseph. According to Senate Special Committee report, the meeting was held on July 11, 2013, at the Chambers of Garry Lissade. It was further revealed that the meeting was facilitated by Mr. Raymond Jean-Michel, the Dean of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince.

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President Martelly never met judge Jean Serge Joseph and denied Moloskot's allegation

The Haitian President finally reacted on the news that has been in in all Haitian media this week. During an interview at Radio Signal FM on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, President Michel Martelly denied that he had a meeting with judge Jean Serge Joseph before his death. According to the President, he never met the judge and he accused the opposition that never stopped to fight his government. He said that it is always the same people making the same accusations.

List of scandals around the the government of Michel Martelly

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Joe Biden Urges Michel Martelly to Hold Elections

Haitian President Michel Martelly and American Vice President Joe Biden have begun a dialog between the U.S. and Haiti. They met in May when Biden made a visit to Trinidad on state business and spoke by phone for approximately an hour on 6/19/2013. The agenda included post-2010 reconstruction projects, making the government of Haiti (GOH) more efficient and responsive, and initiatives to tackle anti-corruption practices within the GOH.

Most imperative, Biden stressed, is Haiti hold free, fair, and transparent elections before years' end. The international community agrees. Haiti's electoral system is bicameral, composed of the Temporary Electoral Council (TEC) and the Permanent Electoral Council (PEC). Before an election can be held, the PEC must be seated. Until this happens, the TEC acts as proxy, with no powers to oversee the ballot casting and counting process. Martelly has been embroiled with the opposition party over his PEC pick, a corrupt politician. He is insistent his guy remain on the PEC, rather than the opposition appointee.

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Michel Martelly Joe Biden Meeting, signaling Martelly Obama meeting is near

Haitian President Michel Martelly has been long on the heels of American President Barack Obama, hoping for a meeting between the U.S. leader and the CARICOM members to discuss issues relating to both bodies. The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, made a recent visit to Trinidad and Tobago which has given Martelly, and those hoping for a summit between CARICOM and the U.S., great hope.

Describing Vice President Biden's visit as a significant sign that the long wished for summit will eventually, if not soon, take place, Martelly, the recently named Chairman of the Caribbean Community, is finding the fruits of his labor coming to bear. This is the first sign of traction after his open call to the U.S. for a high-level summit with the region. The president made a visit to the region once after going into office in 2008 and was last in Trinidad for the Summit of the Americas in 2009.

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Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky Vs Liliane Pierre Paul aka "Ti Lili"

Does President Michel Martelly have the right to call Liliane Pierre Paul, "Ti Lili"?

President Michel Martelly feels that he has every right in the world to call the popular Kiskeya Radio host "Ti Lili". The problem is that Liliane Pierre Paul does not see it that way.

She went on the air following the interview to bring some precisions that her name was Liliane Pierre Paul, and for her close friends, it is acceptable to call her "Lili and nothing else.

According to the senior journalist and the director of programming at Radio Kiskeya, Lilianne Pierre Paul, in referring to he as "Ti Lili" by the Haitian president, this is a way to demean her. Marvel Dandin also denounced the evil eye of President Michel Martelly against the Haitian Press

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Haiti Political parties and their Leaders

Throughout the history of Haiti, only a few political parties have had a strong organizational structure. In the 1870s and the 1880s, the Liberal Party and the National Party were the two dominant political parties in Haiti reflecting the social and class division that exists in the country. On one side, you see the Liberals party composed mainly of the wealthier and better-educated mulatto minority in Haiti. On the other hand, the Nationalists Party, made mainly of the lower-and middle-class black majority.

Following the United States occupation (1915-34), the nationalist parties organized around the issue of resistance to foreign occupation. The political parties in Haiti started multiplying during the presidential campaign of 1946. Many candidates were participating, including: Parti Socialiste (PSP), Parti Democrate Unifi (PDU), Mouvement Ouvrier Paysan (MOP) and many more. During the Duvalier reign, most political leaders had been silenced.

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The 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM in Haiti

This is a picture of the dignitaries from all over the Caribbean as well as the US who were present in Haiti at the Intersessional Meeting of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM.

For the first time in the hisatory of the CARICOM, a President of Haiti is Chairman. Also for the first time, the country of Haiti was hosting the Meeting of the Heads of Government.

The agenda of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM was focused on 16 point including Strengthening the Regional Crime and Security Architecture and Agenda, Reform In CARICOM; Report on Financial Stability of the region; the British American Insurance Company, Update on the Resolution of the Obligations resulting from the financial Collapse, transportation within the Caribbean countries, Matters related to sport, specifically Cricket and Possibilities and Introduction of interpretation and Translation Services for CARICOM.

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Role, Term of Haitian Presidents from Haiti Independence to 2013

The Haitian government is led by a president, who shares his/her executive power with the prime minister. Once elected by popular vote, the president will run the country for five years. After the term, the president could not run in the next election. He/she has to wait for five years in order to seek a second term. Haiti presidents can only serve for a maximum of two terms.

Not everyone can run for president as there are certain qualifications and requirements to be eligible for the seat. Only candidates with Haitian citizenship by birth can run for the position, as well as those who are at least 35 years of age. Jail sentence, loss of civil rights and lack of property ownership and residency can make a candidate ineligible to assume the position.

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