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Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

Latest Haiti Election News from IJDH & Partners’ Blog

What’s going on with Haiti’s elections? This latest News Roundup from the Haiti Elections Blog includes conflicts over the end of interim president Privert’s term; withdrawal of the European Union observers; political wrangling by former president Martelly’s party, PHTK; and more. Whether or not the international community will fight against a re-run of Haiti’s elections remains to be seen. Click HERE for the full News Roundup. Haiti Elections News Roundup – June 20 Haiti Elections Blog June 20, 2016 The end of interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day term came and went on June 14 without any decision by Haiti’s parliament, leaving confusion in its wake. The disputes over extending Privert’s mandate spilled out into the streets, with some of his opponents hinting at the possibility of his removal by force. The international powers expressed their dismay at the political uncertainty created […]

Haitian Parliamentarians Nervous About Election Delay

Based on an early-February agreement, Haiti’s next president was supposed to be sworn in on May 14. As the deadline neared and passed, members of Haiti’s Parliament are becoming increasingly nervous about whether the interim president, Privert, is planning to try to hold on to power. Privert says that the delays are meant to allow the verification of the previous rounds of elections but hasn’t yet given a time-frame for the next round of elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Parliament to meet in emergency session on Tuesday Jamaica Observer May 15, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti’s Interim President Jocelerme Privert has called an emergency meeting of Parliament on Tuesday to discuss a number of issues amid fears by opposition politicians that he could use the occasion to further delay presidential […]

Haiti May Soon Have an Interim Prime Minister

After Haiti’s Parliament rejected the interim president’s pick for Prime Minister on Sunday, it seemed impossible for Haiti to hold elections by April 24 and swear in a president by May 14 as stipulated in a February 2016 accord. Now, Haiti may be back on track to hold those elections, as Parliament gets ready to vote on the next pick for interim Prime Minister, Enex Jean-Charles. But will there be time for a verification of the past rounds of elections and a financial audit of the Martelly government as many have been demanding? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After parliament’s rejection, Haiti names a new prime minister Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald March 23, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Days after Haitian lawmakers rejected a notable economist to help lead a caretaker government, interim President Jocelerme Privert is […]

Enex Jean-Charles nommé comme Premier ministre intérimaire d’Haïti

Après que le Parlement ait bloqué le choix du chef de gouvernment, Mr. Privert, pour le poste de Premier ministre, beaucoup de gens stipule qu’Haïti ne peut pas avoir des élections avant le 24 avril, comme l’accord du fevrier 2016 suggere. Maintenant, il semble que le Parlement est prêt à ratifier rapidement le choix de Mr. Privert en occurrence, Mr. Enex Jean-Charles, comme Premier ministre. Plusieurs membres du Parlement ont indiqué qu’ils voteront pour Jean-Charles. Peut-être maintenant les élections auront lieu avant le 24 avril. Mais est-ce qu’il y aura du temps pour la vérification dont le peuple réclame? Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Pour Enex Jean-Charles, tous les députés disent oui Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste 22 mars 2016 La Chambre des députés n’attend que le dossier de Enex J. JeanCharles pour confirmer son éligibilité et l’inviter à présenter l’énoncé de sa politique générale. Le président […]

Competing Political Interests May Result in New Haiti Interim Government

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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 […]

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