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Ralph Theano Escorted out of the Haitian Parliament

Ralph Theano was expelled from the Lower House Thursday, April 4.

"Theano out", cried many members of the

This is preliminary information obtained by Haiti Observer. We just learned that Ralph Theano, the minister in charge of relations with Parliament, had quite a difficulty at the Haitian Parliament today (April4, 2013).

Minister in charge of Relations with the Parliament had been declared persona non grata by parliamentary associated with PRI

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PRI's Actions Against Laurent Lamothe Condemned

The actions of the members of the Parliamentarians for Institutional Strengthening (PRI) during the opening of a Parliamentary session did not sit well with officials. It can be recalled that PRI officials booed and gave out hostile remarks when Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe opened the parliamentary session. The reported reaction prevented Lamothe from doing the traditional reading of the balance sheet. PRI members reportedly made such actions because of Lamothe's failure to respond to the bloc's invitations and convocations and distribute the 2012-2013 budget.

The PRI's actions were condemned by Ralph Theano, the minister in charge of relations with Parliament. He said that the PRI members were a shame to the Parliament and their actions are a crime against the nation. Theano also defended Lamothe, saying that it was not the prime minister's fault that the budget was not yet allocated. The minister added that in other countries, parliamentarians like the PRI members will be asked to step down from their posts if they did something like that.

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PM Laurent Lamothe Circumvents Article 98.3 of Haiti Constitution

Laurent Lamothe, Haiti's Prime Minister, has become increasingly unpopular in Parliament. On January 8th, 2013, Lamothe attempted to read the balance sheet of Haiti's budget for 2012 and present the proposed budget for 2013, before an assembly of Parliament. Among those present were all ministries of the government of Haiti, the diplomatic staff, and other government officials.

As Lamothe began his budget presentation, an outburst of hostilities erupted from a minority partisan group, Parliamentarians for Institutional Strengthening (PRI). They interfered with Lamothe's presentation, ringing bells, blowing police whistles, and heckling him. Unable to continue, he stepped away from the deafening clamor in the legislative chambers, and submitted the budgets directly to the Office of the National Assembly (ONA). He declared he was fulfilling "the requirements of the Constitution" by doing so.

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