Martelly Promotes the Union of the Three Powers ahead of Cuba
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:16 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Before boarding a private jet with 19 members of the Haitian government, President Michel Martelly promoted a union of the three powers of government, executive, legislative and judicial, as a means of seeing the country through political crises.
Opening with remarks on the case of the arbitrary arrest of Deputy Arnel BÃ©lizaire (Delmas & Tabarre/Veye-Yo) on October 27, President Martelly downplayed the seriousness of the incident saying that characterizations of the incident's fallout as a crisis is unfounded.
"The President of the Republic continues to consider it as an opportunity which is open, to the three powers, the executive, the legislative and the judicial, to find a means to put our heads together to govern the country during the next five years, or the four years remaining."
The president continued:
"Was there a discussions between the president and the deputy? Yes."
"Did the president ever ask anyone to intervene in the altercation he had with the deputy? No."
While most democracies around the world promote a separation of powers , the Haitian president finds a union of the three to be the solution for enduring crises.
"Even though, if this is not the case, the solution is for these three powers to sit together and solve the problem."
"The solution is not to make noise, it is not to make kanaval with it, the solution is to find a style of functioning that will permit that these errors aren't repeated; this style of crisis that is keeping us from advancing, so that we can get past them and advance."
The arrest of the member of parliament, Arnel BÃ©lizaire, has plunged the executive and the legislative into a head-to-head even to having the presidents of both houses of parliament decline the invitation to accompany the Head of State to Cuba.
The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe (Moron & Chamberllan/Inite), declined the president's invitation conditioning it on the layoff of members of the executive involved in the arrest of MP BÃ©lizaire. Jacinthe also recalls the 'humiliation' of being barred from entering the Diplomatic Room of the airport during the arrest.
The President of the Senate, Rodolphe Joazile (Nord-Est/Alternative) preferred to testify before the special commission of inquiry than to cross the Caribbean Sea to Havana with the president's delegation. Joazile did appear at the airport to see the president leave the country and left these comments with the press:
The senate commission inquiring on the case of the arrest requested a postponement of the session questioning the Minister of Justice Josue Pierre-Louis, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Michel Brunache to November 22nd.
The commission, chaired by Senator John William Jeanty (Nippes/Konba), has obtained the one-week extension on the grounds that members of government had not been available, due to a two-day retreat and the current trip to Cuba.
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