Haiti: INITE Party Divided after Favorable Vote of Lamothe
- Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:51 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "The coordination of the platform INITE expresses its surprise and indignation at the position taken by some of its senators at the meeting of April 10, in violation of all decisions taken after long and difficult discussions," laments the platform in a press note.
The coordination strongly condemns such acts as unacceptable, says the note initialed by two former ministers, in this case Jean Joseph MoliÃ¨re and Paul Denis, and Dr. Laurent Bauge.
The latter refrained from revealing in the press note that the decisions were taken on the morning of the vote largely in favor of Laurent Lamothe, on the way to succeed Garry Conille, the Prime Minister resigned.
MPs, senators and leaders gathered at the headquarters of the platform in the neighborhood of CanapÃ©-Vert, Le Nouvelliste learned, had pledged to work for a postponement of twenty-four hours of the session on the choice of prime minister-designate.
"The postponement would have given us the time needed to reconcile the controversial relationship of the two Senate committees working on nationality of Ministers and the Head of State and document analysis of Laurent Lamothe," said a source close to the INITE under the cover of anonymity.
The platform, continues the same source, will in the meantime find a common position on the choice of Laurent Lamothe. Senators Jocelerme Privert (Nippes/Inite), KÃ©ly C. Bastien (Nord/Inite), NÃ¨nÃ¨l Cassy (Nippes/Inite), Pierre â€‹â€‹Francky Exius (Sud/Inite) and Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) had attended the last meeting of the platform founded under the leadership of Rene Preval.
"Senator Bastien told us on the phone his colleague Joseph Lambert, absent from the meeting," said one board member equally disgusted by the signers of the note of discontent. To the chagrin of the coordination of INITE, only two of its elected (Francky Exius and Jean-Charles Moise) voted against the choice of Laurent Lamothe. Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime (Nord-Est/Inite), for his part, failed. He who has sifted through tax levies of any prime minister, Jocelerme Privert, had retired from the meeting room before the final vote occurred very late in the evening of April 10.
"Senators Bastien, Cassy and Lambert all voted in favor of Lamothe, despite the controversy that persists in the two reports of the Committee on Nationality and the one responsible for the analysis of documents filed by the Foreign Minister at the senate," said the source close to the board of INITE.
The coordination "would like to remind honorable members, codÃ©positaires of national sovereignty, they took their oath on the Constitution of 1987 and they have an affirmative obligation to respect it in all circumstances."