Sunday March 20, Haiti’s Parliament rejected the interim president’s pick for Prime Minister, Fritz Jean. While this was expected based on the pro-Martelly parliamentarians’ immediate rejection of Jean, it means that Haiti’s elections can’t possibly be held in time for the agreed-upon April 24 deadline. This article analyzes the reasons for Jean’s rejection, the political maneuvering that has been going on surrounding the interim government, and what can be expected next in Haiti’s political crisis.
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Haitian Prime Minister Rejected by Parliament, Why and What Comes Next?
Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch, Center for Economic and Policy Research
March 21, 2016
On Sunday, in what had increasingly become inevitable, Fritz Jean, the provisional president’s choice for prime minister, was rejected by Haiti’s chamber of deputies. Needing 60 votes to gain approval of his governmental program, only 38 voted in favor; 36 voted against, one abstained and more than a dozen stayed home. 60 votes would be an absolute majority in the Chamber, but more than 20 seats are empty, awaiting reruns of flawed elections.
Appointed by Haiti’s temporary leader, Jocelerme Privert over three weeks ago, Jean’s rejection has all but eliminated any chance that elections can be held next month. Privert, who came to office on February 14 with a mandate of 120 days, has yet to form a new government or a new electoral council.
Why was Jean’s platform rejected and where do things go from here? It’s as much about political control as it is about elections.
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