Executive

"A conspiracy against Caricom delegations foiled," said Haitian Prime Minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe denounced an alleged plot by 8 unnamed and unknown individuals that sought to disrupt the Caricom Summit of Heads of States and Governments in Port-au-Prince this week.

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Fugitive Jean-Jeune Resigns from National Palace

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - National Palace adviser, Karl Jean-Jeune, currently a fugitive of justice in the state of Florida, USA, handed in his resignation that was accepted by the Presidency.

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Haiti: Interior Minister Bazile snubs Senate hearing

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of the Interior, David Bazile, failed to appear before the Senate on Thursday, for a hearing investigation on the disbursement of $10 million [US] to the MICT for 2012 year-end festivities that were never realized.

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Minister Racine Gives First Interview

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In her first interview since being named Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, Madame Magalie Racine, said she had not formulated any new plans for how she would lead this government ministry but did share her vision for the nation's future.

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Haiti looks to purchase electricity from Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - On Tuesday, the Minister of Energy, René Jean-Jumeau, signed an agreement towards purchasing electricity from the Dominican Republic for Haiti.

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Haiti: $4.2 Million [US] needed for National Carnival in Cap-Haitien

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government has budgeted $4.2 million [US] for the 2013 National Carnival in Cap-Haitien.

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Installation Speech: Bernice Fidelia, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Dr. Bernice Fidelia was installed as the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad on Wednesday and made her first declarations in her new capacity. But for the exception of one departure from truth, Minister Fidelia delivered a gracious speech to the administration and the Haitian diaspora.

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First Tourists from Canada Arrive via Transat

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Despite the travel alert issued by the Canadian government for Haiti on Tuesday, the Haitian Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin successfully launched the first visit of Canadian tourists via Air Transat on Wednesday.

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New Diaspora Minister Bernice Fidelia plans to organize Haitians abroad

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The new Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Bernice Fidelia, acknowledged that she had a lot of work ahead of her working with 4.5 million Haitians living in the Diaspora.

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Lamothe asks new Cabinet to put the Haitian People first

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At the inauguration ceremony of his new cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe asked the new members of his cabinet to make sacrifices in service of the Haitian people.

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Haiti: Martelly/Lamothe Appoint 7 New Ministers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Tuesday evening a list of 7 new ministers that will replace current ministers was released by the office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

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Haiti: Discussions Ongoing for another Government Reshuffle

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Closed door talks are being held on the need to, again, reshuffle the Haitian government's ministers. Accordingly, it is said at least 6 ministers are expected to lose their jobs with one ministry expected to be closed down.

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Haiti: Gov't Welcomes Inauguration of Obama

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, on Sunday, on behalf of the Haitian government, welcomed the swearing in of U.S. President Barack Obama to a second term in office and inauguration.

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Prime Minister Lamothe promises 24-hour electricity throughout Haiti in 6 months

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe promised to have electricity distributed 24 hours per day throughout Haiti. To achieve this promise, Lamothe said he would strengthen the energy sector which for ages has been a major concern for the population.

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Martelly and Lamothe Meet with Chamber President Deputy Alexis in Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Arriving in separate motorcades, President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe were in Parliament to visit Deputy Jean Tholbert Alexis who was made President of the Chamber of Deputies by the PSP majority bloc in the house. Senate President Simon Dieuseul Desras met with the executives who were joined by Minister Pierre Richard Casimir and not Minister Ralph Theano.

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Haiti: Prime Ministry reports meeting with Diaspora Press from the U.S.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe met with a dozen Haitian journalists from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States on Tuesday to present the work of his 6-month tenure at the Head of the Haitian Government.

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Haiti: Administration Reacts to PRI Protest during National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Minister Ralph Theano decried an incident in which Deputy Sorel Jacinthe (Moron/Inite) allegedly attempted to pass his wife as an entity to receive a construction project in his commune. Theano said the deputy’s wife neither had the background or anything to do with the business of construction and that she hadn’t even achieved a diploma from a secondary institution.

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Haiti: Gov't Has Not Yet Announced Earthquake Anniversary Commemoration Events

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government has not announced plans for an official ceremony to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. According to Minister Ralph Theano, the administration was still reviewing protocols from the previous years in order to mark the day of reflection.

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Tourism Minister Villedrouin announces Transat Haiti travel packages

MONTREAL, Canada (defend.ht) - Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin met with the Haitian community in Montreal where she announced Haiti travel packages by the private Canadian airline company Transat.

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Haiti Finance Minister says $120 Million Emergency Funding Not Spent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Although during a senate hearing in December, nothing could be said of $120 million [US] of emergency funding for Hurricane Sandy that was disbursed, on Monday, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie said "not a penny" of this money has been spent in the aftermath of the hurricane that passed over Jamaica and Cuba in late October 2012.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly