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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 […]

U.S. Official Acknowledges Need for Transitional Haiti Government

After weeks of pushing Haiti to go forward with elections that are widely seen as illegitimate, the U.S. government has finally acknowledged the need for a transitional period. In the interview below, Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten says that the U.S. opposes a long transitional period but know that a temporary solution is needed. What remains to be seen is whether the U.S. government will support a more democratic elections process going forward. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Exclusive – Short-term interim government likely in Haiti – U.S. official Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters January 25, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti is likely to install an interim government to transfer power to a new president, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, after the Caribbean nation called off an election days before current President Michel Martelly […]

Will Postponed Presidential Runoff Lead to Transitional Government?

Following a damning report on Haiti’s October 25 elections by the Electoral Evaluation Commission President Martelly established, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that it cannot hold the next round of elections by January 17. The CEP, the body in charge of elections, had previously said that the elections were set to go. Now, Haiti is on track to have  a transitional government and many questions remain about who will lead it, who will decide on its composition, and more. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Postponed Haiti runoff endangers presidential handover Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 5, 2016 The head of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council says it’s impossible to organize a presidential runoff in time for the country to meet a Feb. 7 constitutionally imposed deadline for the handover of power from one elected president […]

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