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Haiti’s 2015 electoral cycle comes to an end

Haiti’s long and drawn-out 2015 electoral cycle ended on January 29, 2017, with municipal elections and the last round of legislative run-offs. Balloting was reported to be mostly calm across the country, and a strong police force and U.N. officers were deployed to oversee the peaceful process. However, voter turnout was especially low in parts of the country, where some urge their fellow Haitians: “We should make our voices heard.” Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti Holds Final Round of Election Cycle Started in 2015 David McFadden, Associated Press January 29, 2017 Haiti held a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal elections on Sunday, closing a repeatedly derailed electoral cycle that started in 2015. President-elect Jovenel Moise’s political faction and its allies are hoping to increase their majority in Parliament with eight legislative […]

New questions arise in response to money laundering allegations

Haiti’s Central Financial Intelligence Unit initiated an investigation on President-elect Jovenel Moise in 2013, but new details are coming to light in the weeks leading up to his scheduled swear-in. The investigation covers his transactions from 2007 to 2013, including the purchase of 45 vehicles and large cash deposits. Additionally, Moise faces a second allegation by the Unit for the Fight against Corruption, which highlights two delinquent loans totaling over $1 million that were approved outside of standard procedures. Many Haitians now fear that these money laundering allegations will hinder Haiti’s ability to receive foreign assistance and work with established banks outside of the country. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE to read the full article. Before Haiti’s president-elect even takes office, he’s battling money-laundering suspicions Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 24, 2017 A Haitian judge is investigating a report by the […]

Haiti’s Presidential Election Results Protested

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Committee, CEP, declared Jovenal Moïse the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, with 600,000 votes. 2nd was Jude Célestin, and third was Moïse Jean-Charles. After hurricane Matthew and lacking funding for elections, voter turnout was especially low. Due to “irregularities,” 10% of the tallying sheets were thrown out, and without explanation three of CEP’s nine members did not sign off on the results. Below is an excerpt of The Guardian‘s report. Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election The Guardian/Reuters November 29th, 2016 Moïse, a banana exporter who ran for former president Michel Martelly’s Bald Heads party, won with 55.67% of votes cast in the 20 November election, the electoral council said on Monday. The result avoids a second round run-off next year. … Jude Célestin, a mechanical engineer who had led a government construction firm, came in second. He received […]

Haiti’s Rival Parties Claim Victory in Elections

Former president Martelly’s PHTK party declared victory, despite the continuation of ballot counting by Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). With partial voting returns, PHTK spokesman precipitously declared the election victorious for Jovenel Moise; “hundreds” of Fanmi Lavalas supporters in Port-au-Prince also claim they secured victory in Maryse Narcisse. CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned directly after polls closed Sunday of provisional and incomplete returns “should not be used to predict the result.” State Department spokesman John Kirby encouraged preparing a second round vote if needed and a new president “in early 2017″ in Haiti. Read part of the article below. Rival parties claim victory in Haiti’s presidential election American Foreign Press, France 24 November 22nd, 2016 Two of Haiti’s biggest parties stoked tension on Monday by claiming victory for their candidates in a long-delayed presidential election days before official results are due to be released.Nearly 6.2 […]

How can Haiti regain its independence?

Though Haiti gained its independence in 1804, one can argue that Haiti began to lose that independence less than two decades later when it was forced to start paying France back for lost slaves and property. Almost immediately after Haiti finished paying that “debt” in 80 years, the U.S. military occupied the country for 19 years. Haitian leaders also took advantage of the insecurity, sometimes with the help of foreign countries. This author argues that the only way Haiti can regain its independence is to rid itself of the constant foreign help and take matters into its own hands. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Only Haitians can save Haiti Joel Dreyfuss, The Washington Post August 24, 2016 Joel Dreyfuss is a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. Haiti won a rare victory on […]

Haiti Takes Steps to Begin Electoral Process

Ever since the United States announced that it would not fund Haiti’s elections because it disagreed with Haiti redoing them entirely, some worried that Haiti would not be able to pull off elections without those funds. Now, Haiti’s Electoral Council is taking some concrete steps towards beginning the process in earnest. A budget for the elections has been released and a timeline of 45 days for the candidates to campaign has been announced. Many within and outside Haiti are looking to see if Haiti can succeed in running more honest elections on its own. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti kicks off presidential campaigning with a timid start Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald August 23, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Campaigning for Haiti’s Oct. 9 presidential do-over elections got off to a timid start Tuesday with the country’s […]

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