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20/03/2017 19:29:32

Haiti - FLASH : Jacques Guy Lafontant presents his General Policy Statement
The General Policy Statement is accepted by the Chamber of Deputies

This Monday, in the presence of 88 deputies, Prime Minister appointed acques Guy Lafontant accompanied by his ministerial cabinet went to the Chamber of Deputies for the presentation of his general policy statement http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/declaration-de-politique-generale-lafontant.pdf , after receiving a vote of confidence in the Senate of the Republic with 20 senator for, 0 against and 7 abstention at the end of the session that ended the following day at 6:30 in the morning http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20375-haiti-flash-the-general-policy-statement-is-accepted-by-the-senate.html

Stormy discussions ensued following the presentation of the report of the commission in charge to study the documents of the appointee PM, raising questions on the payment of his taxes made at the last minutes for 5 years, his nationality, missing passports from 1990 to 1997 (on his CV the PM made trips abroad for this period), his patent unpaid for a period, anomalies...

Then the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies wanted to move on to the next item which is the presentation of his general policy statement but was forced to make a "behind closed doors" following a disagreement between the Assembly of Deputies, the Bureau, and 2 deputies who are not signatories to the report, Sinal Bertrand (Fanmi Lavalas) and Jean Marcel Lumerant, the latter having a lot of reserve, argued that the PM is not eligible, given the facts mentioned above, and want a debate on the report...

These two deputies also requested that the files of each minister be submitted even before the presentation of the policy statement, and that the meeting be adjourned, what was initially rejected.

At 5.30 pm the session resumed, resuming debate and raising a point of law, that the number of ministers and the names of ministries did not respect a 2008 law voted in the Chamber of Deputies... but said that there was no problem with its members, requesting adjournment of the meeting and referring the PM to make the requested amendments to comply with the law, among others... calling again for the records of each minister referring to the law. Then it was brought to the knowledge of the deputy Sinal Bertrand that the files of each ministers was available at the level of the commission.

At 7:00 pm after all these discussions, the Speaker of the House declared "[...] the bureau considers that on the question of the report of the commission, that the assembly is edified. And on this I invite the Prime Minister to climb the podium to present the statement of its policy statement [...]" followed by a complete mess at the level of the room... forcing the PM to left the podium while awaiting the return to calm. At 7:07 pm the PM was able to speak.

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UPDATE 6h20 : This Thursday at 6:20 a.m. Senators are still debating on the General Policy of the Prime Minister appointed Jack Guy Lafontant, raising the shortcomings for their respective department, presenting their grievances... and the PM responding with new promises...

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