Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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. […]

Haiti’s Elections Highlight Drastic Female Underrepresentation

As the Haitian elections cycle continues, the list of more than 1,800 candidates is subject to criticism. Currently, females  comprise approximately 8% of all candidates in the legislative elections: only 151 women as of May 29th. However, the Haitian constitution requires political parties to meet a 30% quota for female candidates, highlighting a gap between Haitian political policies and practice. Click HERE for the full article. Despite Mandatory Quotas, Women are Exceedingly Underrepresented among 2015 Electoral Candidates Kasia Mika, The Haiti Elections blog June 12, 2015 No matter how many times you count it, the numbers just don’t add up. Out of 1809 candidates registered for the legislative elections, as of the 29th of May, there are only 151 women. That is just over 8% of all standing candidates. Out of 70 candidates for the presidential elections, only 6 of them […]

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