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Interim President Privert Plans to Investigate Martelly’s Financial Mismanagement

Throughout Michel Martelly’s term as president of Haiti, there were accusations of him mismanaging funds, being corrupt and allowing his son and wife to embezzle funds. Haiti’s new interim president, Jocelerme Privert, has now promised to investigate these claims, saying that he “has not ruled out convening a task force” for the job.

Haiti interim president vows to hold former leaders accountable

AFP, Yahoo! News

February 20, 2016

Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert vowed Friday to do “everything in his power” to hold the previous administration accountable for its actions, amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Privert said he has met with leaders from civil society and political parties, as well as everyday citizens, who are demanding that the previous government of Michel Martelly be called to account for its less than stellar record of governance.

“I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that the institutions (of government) meet their responsibilities,” he told a news conference.

He added that he “has not ruled out convening a task force” to look into the matter, including a unit focusing on financial mismanagement under Martelly.

Privert took power earlier this month following the February 7 departure of Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence.

Opposition leaders have criticized Martelly, charging him with overusing his executive powers. They also accuse his wife and eldest son of embezzling public funds.

The deeply impoverished Caribbean nation has been paralyzed by an electoral crisis and continues to struggle to get back on its feet after being hobbled by devastating 2010 earthquake.

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