Legislative

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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OAS Pressuring to Hold "Unlawful" Elections in Haiti says Senate President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Washington D.C.-based Organization of American States would have placed undue pressure on Haitian officials to move forward with elections based on an Electoral Law not in accordance with itself or the Constitution of Haiti said the President of the National Assembly, Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) on Thursday.

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Haiti Senate Unanimously Passes a Modified Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators, on Wednesday, voted unanimously on an Electoral Law with more than a dozen articles revised. The document was transmitted to the Chamber of Deputies where it must be passed in identical terms. If not convened by the President of the Republic into an extraordinary session, Deputies won't be able to work on the Electoral Bill until after January 13, 2014.

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Haiti President, Suspected Drug Trafficker Relationship Denounced by Deputy

LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - It was discovered that, Thursday, as Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Haitian President Michel Martelly had not traveled to New York City as previously reported but instead spent the day and night at the home of his friend, suspected drug-trafficker Daniel Evinks who was arrested a week earlier for being in the possession of more than 2 dozen kilos of marijuana.

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Ex-Fla. Rep. John Julien, 50, dies of cancer

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, Former Florida State Representative, North Miami Beach Councilman, and Haitian-American, John Patrick Julien, died of cancer at the age of 50.

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Order to impeach Haiti President passed from Senate to House

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The report recommending the indictment and impeachment of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice was transmitted to the Chamber of Deputies announced the First Secretary of the Senate on Wednesday morning, but not without controversy.

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Haiti: Senate votes on recommendation to impeach President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic voted on Tuesday a report by a special committee that recommended the indictment and impeachment of President Michel Martelly, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice.

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Haiti's Ranking Senators in Washington to Warn of Impending Political Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The President and First Secretary of the National Assembly, Senators Simon Dieuseul Desras and Steven Benoit arrived in Washington, D.C., Thursday where they discussed with their counterparts and the U.S. Congress the plethora of unconstitutional drifts of the Martelly Administration.

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Haiti: Justice Minister in sights of Senate for abuses of power

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - With a growing record of controversial decisions that border injustice and human rights abuses, the Ministry of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, is now facing possible removal by the Senate, said the Chairman of the Justice and Security Committee, Senator Pierre Francky Exius.

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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