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Privert appoints new Prime Minister: Fritz Jean

On February 26th, Fritz Jean was introduced as the new Prime Minister by interim President Jocelerme Privert. Fritz Jean was the chair of the Haitian Central Bank from 1999 to 2002. In the past, he has been affiliated to the Lavalas Party. Former prime minister Evans Paul boycotted the ceremony in an effort to express his disapproval of Privert’s use of executive power to appoint what he perceived as an ally. Part of the article is included below. Click HERE for full article. U.S.-educated economist is new interim Haiti prime minister Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald February 26, 2016 Fritz Alphonse Jean, a U.S.-educated economist who once headed Haiti’s central bank, was installed Friday as the country’s new prime minister to help lead a caretaker government and complete suspended elections that have left Haiti without an elected president or full parliament. […]

Haitian Prime Minister Recommends New Electoral Commission

For weeks and weeks, Haitians (including presidential candidates) have been demanding an independent investigation and a new Electoral Council to ensure fair elections in Haiti. After the current Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced final presidential results despite allegations and proof of fraud, many people deiced that the CEP cannot hold impartial elections and a new one is needed. Now, Haiti’s Prime Minister has recommended the formation of a commission to guarantee credibility. Is this recommendation in line with the pre-existing demands? Who will be on this new commission? A few questions remain to be answered. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti PM recommends commission to end election impasse Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 17, 2015 With less than two weeks before Haiti’s scheduled presidential runoff vote, Prime Minister Evans Paul is recommending the creation […]

BAI Helps Cane Cutters Without Work Documents

On December 15, the caneworkers’ union (Syndicat des Coupeurs de Canne) protested against the mishandling of their documentation applications to the Haitian consulate in DR. Some 40,000 sugarcane workers in the Dominican Republic (DR) are facing the problem of obtaining valid Haitian identity documents to be able to secure their permits to work in the DR (the DR government is not trying to kick them out). 4,806 people are members of this union, and have each payed (along with, likely, most of the remaining 35000 or so) 1000 pesos to the Haitian consulate to obtain proper documentation. The ambassador Surprise Daniel insists that the money was not received and he knows nothing of the outstanding applications. He was recalled to Haiti during this process. Mario Joseph (BAI’s Managing Attorney) and the syndicat reps met with Evans Paul (Haiti’s Prime Minister), regarding […]

Le President du CEP et le premier ministre ont découvert des actes malhonnêtes

Le CEP et le gouvernment ont découvert  des actes malhonnêtes que les autorités gouvernementales et les responsables électoraux ont causés. Le premier ministre Evans Paul a déclaré qu’il est ouvert à la formation d’une commission indépendante pour investiguer le processus électoral comme plusieurs groupes de droits humains l’auraient exigé. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Le CEP et le gouvernement sur la voie de la raison ? Noclès  Débréus, Le National 15 novembre, 2015 Les trois journées de manifestation organisées par les sympathisants des candidats à la présidence (Jude Célestin, Maryse Narcisse, Moïse Jean Charles) ont contraint les autorités gouvernementales ainsi que les responsables électoraux à sortir de leur léthargie. Le Conseil électoral provisoire, très décrié, ne peut plus continuer à bomber le torse. Il parait avoir  entendu raison, en répondant à la note qui lui a été […]

Demonstrations in Port-au-Prince

On February 5th and February 7th, thousands of demonstrators, many of whom were university students, marched through Port-au-Prince with several demands. The demonstrations manifested in response to disagreements with various issues, including current gas prices, teachers’ salaries, the Martelly/Paul regime, and the present status of the 7,500-soldier UN mission (MINUSTAH). The protests paralyzed all government offices, banks, commerce, and schools, and they also halted traffic in the capital and its suburbs. Two Days of Demonstrations, Two Days of General Strike Kim Ives and Isabelle L. Papillon, Haiti Liberté  February 11, 2015 In the past week, two massive demonstrations and two days of a successful general strikes have rocked the government of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul. The principal demands are for the lowering of gas prices and for the resignation of both Martelly and Paul. Demonstrators also […]

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