Minister for Haitians Living Abroad
Whether the new Director General of MHAVE (the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad) would find trouble with his new appointment because it had not initially been approved by the GREH's (the Grand Rally for the Development of Haiti) General Assembly was a great cause for drama recently. While Marc-Élie Nelson had been appointment as the new Minister, his still current role as president of the GREH was set to stir up trouble because of the lack of consent from the GREH's highest body.
The Acting Minister of MHAVE, Pierre-Richard Casimir, installed the new Minister recently, with witnesses including many prominent members of the government and Youri Latortue, the President's Political Adviser, into a seat that the party founder and one time colonel, Rébu Himmler thinks shows an endeavor to demolish the principles and values of the party. While, word from the former Minister of Haitians Living Abroad is that the move to put Marc-Elie Nelson as the new Minister of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad rather shows the current President's willingness to work with those of a different view.
The latest scandal in the Haitian Parliament concerns the citizenship status of now-resigned Minister of the Diaspora (MOD), Bernice Fidélia. Ms. Fidélia recently submitted her resignation letter to Prime Minister Lamothe, and he has been reluctant to make public that document. His office gave a terse statement to the press that omitted the reasons she resigned.
Senate member John Joel Joseph claimed at a meeting of Parliament and the Prime Minister on June 4th that Ms. Fidélia is an American citizen. Within days of that meeting, she tendered her resignation in a letter to Lamothe. Since then, more senators believe Joseph's claims, or else why her sudden leave-taking?
According to the Communication Office of the Haitian Prime Minister, Bernice Phidelia, the Minister of Haitians living abroad, gave her resignation, Monday, June 10, 2013 to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs, Pierre Richard Casimir will be assuming this function until further notice.
In less than six Months on the job, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Bernice Phidelia had to call it a quit. She had taken office on 25 January 2013, following another cabinet reshuffle where she replace Mr. Daniel Supplice.
Bernice Phidelia left her position after accusations have been mounting against her that she nationality other than Haitian. According to Senator John Joel Joseph, she has dual nationality.
After so many speculations. After so many names mentioned to be on the list of termination in the Government of Laurent Lamothe, the decision has been made. After being in power for just over a year and a half. The Martelly presidency obviously has not been working to the satisfaction of the president.
As a result, some heads have to roll!
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe gave the news about the reshuffling of his ministerial Cabinet via Twitter. The new members of his cabinet include:
Bernice Fidelia who replaces Daniel Supplice as minister for Haitians Living Abroad. She recently occupied the position of liaison with the Haitian diaspora.
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