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International Community Must Be Unbiased Mediator in Haiti

The United Nations Security Council, which is visiting Haiti to encourage a resolution to the political crisis, must fight the perception that it is a biased mediator. Many in Haiti and abroad fear that the international community would rather support President Martelly, who is now ruling by decree, than support democratic elections in Haiti. The lack of democratic elections is what led to the crisis to begin with! Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. International leaders battle perception of bias in Haiti Benedict Moran, Al Jazeera January 23, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — After more than a month of opposition street protests aimed at forcing the resignation of President Michel Martelly, who is now ruling by decree, political graffiti is ubiquitous in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince. In Haitian Creole, demonstrators have scribbled “Down with […]

New Provisional Electoral Council to Be Announced

In December, a commission appointed by Haitian President Michel Martelly published a list of suggestions for resolving the electoral crisis. Now, it seems that one of their major suggestions is being followed, as a presidential advisor stated that a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) will be named this week. Opposition Senators disagreed with the current CEP because its appointment didn’t follow guidelines laid out in the Constitution. Click HERE for the original text. Haiti Supreme Court chief resigns; new electoral council to come Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 7, 2015 A new nine member Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti is expected to be announced within the next 48 hours, an adviser to President Michel Martelly said Wednesday, clearing the way for a possible solution to the country’s deepening crisis. Also Wednesday, another stumbling block was removed: Haitian Supreme Court Judge Arnel […]

Démission du président de la Cour de cassation imminente

Le mois dernier, une commission consultative Présidentielle en Haïti a recommandé que le président de la Cour de cassation démissionne. Il semble que cette recommandation sera suivie bientôt. Les recommandations étaient destinées à aider à mettre fin à la crise electorale. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti – Crise politique Démission imminente de Me Anel Alexis Joseph E-Haiti Network January 6, 2015 La démission de Maitre Anel Alexis Joseph serait imminente selon les nouvelles qui circulent sur les réseaux sociaux.  Ce ne serait plus qu’une question d’heure selon le journaliste Daly Valet qui l’a confirmé sur sa page facebook.  Maitre Anel Alexis Joseph aurait réclamé des dédommagements pour ses dix années passées comme juge à la cour de cassation. Alors que certains pensent que cela contribuerait  à un dégel de la situation, d’autres estiment que cela n’aurait […]

Mixed Reviews on Haiti Presidential Commission’s Recommendations

This article outlines the recommendations of a commission called by President Michel Martelly to address the current elections crisis in Haiti. Supporters of the current government feel that the commission’s recommendations are too drastic, while the opposition to the current government feels that more should be done. Elections in Haiti have been delayed for over 3.5 years. Both Haitians and the international community are increasingly concerned by the lack of compromise towards holding fair and democratic elections as soon as possible. Click HERE for the full text. Call for Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe to resign gets mixed reaction Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 9, 2014 Haitian lawmakers Tuesday rebuffed recommendations in a far-reaching report that called for the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and other key government officials to stave off a worsening political crisis. The 10-page report, penned […]

Commission Calls for Martelly Government’s Resignation

A commission called by Haitian President Michel Martelly recommends radical changes to end the electoral crisis there, including the resignation of the Prime Minister and calling a new electoral council. Right now, it is unclear whether Martelly will heed the call and what role the international community will play but these recommendations are a major step in the right direction. Click HERE for the original article. Call for Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe to resign gets mixed reactions Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 9, 2014 Haitian lawmakers Tuesday rebuffed recommendations in a far-reaching report that called for the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and other key government officials to stave off a worsening political crisis. The 10-page report, penned by an 11-member presidential commission, sets a timetable for Lamothe’s resignation. It also recommends replacing the head of the country’s Supreme Court […]

Why Aristide Allegations Always Resurface Before Elections

This article does a great job outlining the current allegations against Aristide and how the Haitian and other foreign governments could use it to undermine elections. Bringing widespread media attention to Aristide’s arrest warrant is a tactic his opponents have used many times in the past, to lower public opinion of Aristide and his party (Fanmi Lavalas) before elections. Haiti’s Fragile Democracy Lauren Carasik, Jurist August 31, 2014 The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a series of standoffs. Outside Aristide’s house in the suburb of Tabarre, his supporters have gathered several times in the past weeks to protest announced efforts to arrest him and have usually been dispersed with tear gas by Haitian police and UN soldiers. Inside the Courthouse Judge Lamarre Belizaire insists that the police execute an arrest warrant […]

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