Haiti - Politic : Key points of the ratification meeting in the Senate of Laurent Lamothe
The Senators followed in an overwhelming majority the recommendations of the Commission.
19 votes in favor of the ratification of Laurent Lamothe on 24 Senators present [23 voters - the President of the Senate not to vote] [Garry Conille was ratified with 17 votes].
3 senators voted against the ratification of Laurent Lamothe, they are Steven Benoît, Francky Exius and Moïse Jean Charles.
1 Senator, Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, abstained.
2 Senators : Jean William Jeanty and Andris Riché, have abandoned the session before the vote.
The Senators of the minority opposed to the ratification of Laurent Lamothe, despite their multiple interventions often strong, have not succeeded to convince their colleagues to not ratify the Prime Minister-designate. The Senator Nènel Cassy is one of the few to have shared the doubts and arguments of the minority opposition.
The 19 senators in favor of Laurent Lamothe swept all the arguments of Senators of the minority. The brothers Lambert gave on several occasions the 'reply' to Steven Benoit "The arguments of Senator Steven Benoit are almost empty" launched Joseph Lambert while his brother Wencesclas minimized the arguments of the opposition describing them as "details" unimportant, hat can not influence the vote of the majority.
The Senator Andris Riché unsuccessfully sought a postponement of the session, hence his decision to leave the session before the vote after the rejection by the Assembly of his proposal.
Jean William Jeanty has also left the session before the vote, but for different reasons. He wanted that the question of the constitutional amendment and the army are addressed in prior to the ratification meeting what he did not get, despite all his efforts "I do not have the courage to vote for a Prime Minister in such conditions," he declared before leaving the session before the vote.
In summary, the report of the Commission presented in Assembly, considers that the documents of Prime Minister-designate, Laurent Lamothe, meet the requirements of the Constitution, namely that Laurent Lamothe is Haitian, he never renounced to his nationality and has lived in the country for the last 5 years [despite the contradictory statements in the report of the Commission on the nationality.]
The Senate office will inform on Wednesday, according to the procedure, the office of the Chamber of Deputies of the favorable vote of the Assembly of Senators of the Prime Minister-designate Laurent Lamothe.
Now that this stage is reached, Lamothe must obtain a favorable vote in the lower house and present his general policy statement before both Houses before to be able to form a new government.