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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 Election Verification Commission Finally Installed

After months of Haitians calling for an election verification because of massive fraud in the first two rounds of elections, a verification commission has finally been put in place. The opposition to a verification is still fierce though, from both the international community and supporters of PHTK, former president Martelly’s party. PHTK supporters have been protesting in the streets to demand that the elections proceed as they are. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that the US is losing patience with the election delays. Haiti’s interim president and those in support of a verification, however, are clear that this is an important step in making sure the elections are democratic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. New Haiti commission has 30 days to verify elections results Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 28, 2016 […]

Why are Haitians still protesting after elections were postponed?

For months, Haitians have been taking to the streets to demand fair and democratic elections. Finally, deeply flawed elections were cancelled two days before the final round was to be held. But Haitians are still taking to the streets. Why? In this blog post, IJDH volunteer Nancy Young explains how foreign interference is still heavy on Haiti’s elections, and is causing Haitians to mistrust the process. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why I didn’t write this story about the democracy protest in Haiti… Nancy Young, Medium February 10, 2016 So, I was sitting down to write this story about the protest in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The protesters had gathered, for the third Thursday in a row, to protest foreign interference in Haiti’s electoral process and its democracy. The location, the US […]

Martelly Departs and Parliament to Choose Interim Government

An agreement was finally reached on how Haiti will proceed through its current political crisis. Michel Martelly agreed to step down as President on February 7, as mandated by Haiti’s Constitution. In his place, Parliament will select an interim president from an opposition party. After that president is in place, a consensus prime minister will be chosen and then the October round of elections will be reviewed. What still remains to be seen is who will lead the interim government, and whether the original October election results will be overturned or some other solution sought. Michel Martelly, Haiti’s President, Departs Without a Successor Frances Robles, The New York Times February 7, 2016 Thirty years to the day after Haiti’s last dictator fled the impoverished nation as it took its first wobbly steps toward democracy, another leader stepped down Sunday, without a successor […]

Will interim government agreement end Haiti’s political crisis?

An agreement has finally been reached regarding Haiti’s interim government after Michel Martelly’s departure from the presidential post. Many are asking, however, if the terms of the agreement will satisfy disillusioned Haitians who have been protesting in the streets for months. It is also unclear whether the interim government will review the votes from previous fraud-tainted elections before holding the final round. The agreement, though, seems a step in the right direction. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Provisional government to rule Haiti after Martelly departs Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald February 6, 2016 Haiti President Michel Martelly says a last-minute agreement on how a caretaker government will be installed in Haiti after he leaves office Sunday is intended to help the country get out of its ongoing political impasse. “But the problems are still here, […]

Ex-Soldier Killed in Clash with Election Protesters

On Friday, a group of former soldiers had an altercation with anti-government protesters which resulted in one ex-soldier’s death. While president Martelly has long promised to revive Haiti’s army, opponents are concerned about the army’s past involvement in repression and toppling governments. Former Soldiers Clash With Protesters in Haiti; 1 Dead David McFadden, AP, ABC News February 5, 2016 A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled country’s capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis. About 100 veterans of Haiti’s disbanded military and some younger supporters paraded through downtown streets of Port-au-Prince on Friday. A number wore faded green uniforms and carried rifles and pistols. When the ragtag group of ex-soldiers in pickup trucks passed near an anti-government protest with […]

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