Legislative

Haiti: Senator Moise to meet with Brazil President about Peacekeepers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean Charles Moise will travel to Brazil in the coming days where he will be hosted by its president Dilma Rousseff. Among topics for discussions include the retreat of the United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti.

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Martelly did not invite Aristide to South Africa, Deputy reproaches

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Learning that President Michel Martelly would be leading a delegation to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Deputy Jules Lyonel Anelus said it was folly for Martelly to not invite former President Jean Bertrand Aristide who spent many years in exile in South Africa and would have been well-received as an effort to unify Haiti.

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Haiti: Law for overdue elections awaits enactment by President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The electoral law for the senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, arrived at the National Palace on Wednesday and only need to be enacted by the President in order to set Haiti's next elections in motion.

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Corruption remains steady in Haiti says Leading Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Corruption in Haiti remained steady and the improvement in ranking from 165 to 163 (in a field of 177 countries) in the Transparency International index is due to the absence of countries from the list, said Senator Andris Riche, who pointed out that the drop in ranking from 145 to 175 (in a field of 186 countries) in the index in 2011 is far from being recovered.

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Haiti: National Assembly President defends letter to Chile

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - National Assembly President Simon Desras defended his letter to his Chilean counterpart requesting that their army contingent based in Haiti fight on the side of the people and not the President of the Republic if in the case. In fact, Desras said he had sent similar letters to several other nations with forces in Haiti.

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Haiti: Reactions to Family Lavalas Ousting of Moise and Belizaire

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise seemed to disregard the press note from the Fanmi Lavalas National Coordinator Maryse Narcisse and executive committee and said the party's executive leadership has neither the political power or morality to take the initiative to throw him out of a party, of which he says he was elected Mayor of Milot for two terms in. Different groups within Lavalas expressed their support for the senator and deputy over the party's leadership.

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Haiti Senate President Asks Chile Troops to Defy Haiti President

SANTIAGO, Chile (sentinel.ht) - Chile's National Assembly will meet in a special session on Tuesday to discuss the warning of the President of the Haitian National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, of an impending institutional conflict in Haiti and requesting that Chilean soldiers defend the 'people' and defy President Michel Martelly.

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Haiti: Parliament Ratifies Law for Overdue Elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - An electoral law was ratified by Parliament on Wednesday and sent to the National Palace to be enacted and allow for the organization of senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, to be held.

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Haiti: Damning indictment from the President of the National Assembly


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, severely criticized the executive, November 22 at the opening of the second special session of the National Assembly, which will sit on more than a dozen bills, including the electoral law.

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Haiti Senate to Travel to Uruguay for $3.4 million Investigation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senate delegation will travel to Uruguay to investigate how a $3.4 million indemnity paid to Haiti went unnannounced and now cannot be accounted for by the Martelly administration announced Senator Westner Polycarpe on Thursday.

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Haiti: 70% of Senators Vote No Confidence in Ministers, that Remain

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - More than 2/3s of the Senate voted on Tuesday that they had no-confidence in three ministers of the Martelly administration. Around the world in properly functioning democracies, such a vote would have meant the removal of the administration officials but a combination of elections being 2 years overdue and flawed logic by Senators of the Republic has kept the ministers in their posts.

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Haiti: Three Ministers Face Removal by Senate

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Tuesday, three ministers of the Martelly/Lamothe administration, Minister of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, Interior, Davide Bazile and Foreign Affairs, Pierre Richard Casimir, will face an interpellation hearing before the Senate of the Republic. A hearing that will end with a vote of confidence which may send away or keep each minister.

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Haiti: Enough Votes to Make a Change at Justice says Wencesclass

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Wencesclass Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) says there are enough votes in the Senate to relieve Jean Renel Sanon of his duties as Minister of Justice and Public Safety on November 5, 2013 during a confidence hearing.

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Haiti: Martelly was Warned before Defunct of Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Haitian National Assembly wrote a letter to President Michel Martelly warning him that the tenure of the ten (10) justices on the Supreme Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes would end on the first of October and that his action, in installing the new members, as required by law, was needed. It was a warning disregarded by the National Palace.

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Haiti: Senate Calls Emergency Session on Arrest of Andre Michel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Following the arrest of the Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel, the President of the Senate, Simon Desras, called for Wednesday morning an emergency session of the Grand Body where lawmakers of the Upper House will set their position on the Tuesday evening arrest of the lawyer.

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Haiti: Immigration Director flees with $3 million [US] says Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Director of Immigration Service, Claude Raymond Jr, fled Haiti with $3 million[US] according to the Chairman of the Senate Interior Committee, Francois Anick Joseph. Appointed by President Michel Martelly in 2011, Raymond Jr is suspected to have fled to a country in the region that supports international terrorism.

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Haiti: National Palace and Parliament Agree to Terms for Discussions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly and the Presidents of both houses of the Parliament, Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras and Deputy Jean Tholbert Alexis, met Monday with the intermediary, Religions for Peace, in hopes of averting incalculable consequences by ending the electoral crisis.

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Haiti Minority Deputies Urge Resolution from Dominican Counterparts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Deputies of the minority group Parliamentarians for Institutional Reinforcement wrote a letter to their counterparts in the Dominican Republic to ask that they take a resolution interpreting the Constitutional Court's order and understanding of nationality differently then its September 26, 2013 ruling.

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Haitian, Dominican Senators Form Committee to Address Court Ruling

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - A Committee, composed of Haitian and Dominican Senators, was established Friday after talks concerning the decision of the Dominican Constitutional Court to render hundred of thousands of its citizens stateless.

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Haiti: Senator and Uruguay President discuss D.R. and withdraw of UN Troops

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise on Thursday met with the President of Uruguay where the two discussed the situation facing many Haitians in the Dominican Republic, the case for reparations for Johnny Jean - sexually assaulted by Uruguayan peacekeepers in 2011 - and the complete withdrawal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission, MINUSTAH, from Haiti.

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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