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Details on Drug-Related Arrest of Elected Haitian Senator

Four days before he would officially become a Haitian Senator, 2004 coup leader Guy Philippe was arrested on drug charges from 2005. He was arrested by Haitian National Police after appearing on a radio show, and brought to Miami by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. His arrest apparently comes at a time when Philippe was vulnerable – between immunity from being a political candidate and immunity that would have come from being a Senator. This article provides more details on what allowed this arrest to happen, and some reactions from a US attorney. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Philippe dropped his guard before his capture by U.S. agents Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 6, 2017 Four days before his arrest, ex-rebel leader and newly elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe swaggered […]

Alleged Drug Trafficker Arrested Before Becoming Haiti Senator

Guy Philippe, who helped orchestrated the 2004 coup against then-President Aristide, has been wanted by the US DEA since 2005 but somehow managed to elude the DEA. Finally, just four days before he was set to be sworn in as a Senator in Haiti, he was arrested by the Haitian National Police and handed over to the DEA. Many say this is a last-minute effort to prevent Philippe from gaining the immunity from arrest or prosecution that lawmakers enjoy. There are mixed reactions in Haiti but one activist who approves of the arrest only laments that more criminals who were voted into office haven’t also been arrested. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe arrested Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 5, 2017 Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe, who […]

Haitian Senate Candidates Overwhelmingly Male

Despite a Constitutionally-mandated quota of 30% female participation, 91.27% of candidates for Haiti’s Senate are male: Out of 149 candidates for Haiti’s various departments, only 13 are women. This article breaks those numbers down by department and also provides a list of the woman candidates. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – FLASH : 149 candidates for 10 seats in the Senate (list) HaitiLibre July 19, 2016 149 candidates (13 women and 136 men) will compete on 9 October for the first round of elections of the renewal of third of the Senate. The dominance of the number of men candidates (91.27%) over the women candidates is overwhelming, far from the respect of minimum 30% quota for women stipulated in the amended Constitution. … Click HERE for the full text.

12 Haitian Senators Put Their Salaries Towards Elections

With the United States’ decision to withdraw funding for Haiti’s elections, Haiti has to find a way to fill the gap in funds for the electoral process. Twelve Haitian Senators have decided to give two months of their salaries to the elections pot. While this article questions the Senators’ motives, this could be a step towards Haiti financing its own elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Elections : 12 senators give their wages HaitiLibre July 14, 2016 The majority group to the Senate composed of 12 senators : Nenel Cassy, Evallière Beauplan, Ricard Pierre, Francisco Delacruz, François Luca Sainvil, Stevens Iverson Benoît, Francenet Denius, Jean Baptiste Bien Aimé, Westner Polycarpe, Fritz Carlos Lebon, Ronald Larèche and Antonio Cheramy, indicates in a correspondence that following the precariousness of State revenues to help achieve […]

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 […]

Haiti’s Senate Joins Calls for Election Postponement

Haiti’s Senate has joined calls for the postponement of elections currently scheduled for January 24. Due to widespread fraud and other problems, Haitians have been calling for new elections since the first round in August. The presidential runoff (3rd round in all) has been postponed a few times but the problems have not been addressed. Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce, which met with the Senate, is recommending a new Electoral Council to take charge of the process. Meanwhile, president Martelly seems poised to push the elections forward as they are. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Senate calls for a halt to Sunday presidential runoff Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 20, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s Senate on Wednesday called on the country’s Provisional Electoral Council to cease all operations for Sunday’s presidential and partial legislative runoffs. The […]

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