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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 […]

No Decision Made on Privert’s Term: Unrest Continues

June 14th was supposed to be the day that Jocelerme Privert ended his 120 day transitional government, but parliament has not yet come to a conclusion on his term. Had elections gone successfully, there would have been a new president in place by now. However, the verification commission found widespread fraud in the elections so Haiti is still without an elected president. Haiti’s national assembly needs to vote on whether or not to prolong Privert’s presidency despite the February accord’s deadline. Anti-Privert protests are being planned, as well as Pro-Privert marches, and it is clear that parliament needs to make a decision. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. — More uncertainty for Haiti as parliament fails to decide on Privert Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 15th, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE An upbeat and smiling Jocelerme Privert walked into […]

Haiti’s Interim President Reassures the Population About Election Verification

As concerns increase that Haiti’s interim president is trying to hold onto power indefinitely, he addressed the nation on Flag Day to reassure them that the elections will happen. An electoral verification commission is currently analyzing the past rounds of elections due to allegations of rampant fraud, to make sure that the process is truly democratic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Interim President in Haiti calls for patience amidst election deadlock Linnete Bahati, AfricaNews May 19, 2015 Haiti’s Interim President Joclerme Privert has called on the country to be patient as preparations are underway for another round of presidential elections. Speaking during the Flag Day celebrations, the temporary leader assured the population of his commitment for the polls to take place as soon as possible. “I am calling on you all to be […]

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 […]

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. […]

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