Haiti - Politic : The President of the Lower House, defends the amendment of Article 137
Levaillant Louis-Jeune considers the criticisms unjustified and unfounded, noting that 80 deputies and 20 senators of the 48th Legislature, voted the text as it was published in the official gazette "Le Moniteur" "...the article was passed as is, in fact there are pictures and audio tapes [...] I think that the deputies and senators must remain consistent to the vote they did May 9, 2011 [...] I do not want lend intentions to the Executive [...] I want to be clear, contrary to what everyone thinks, no right of Parliament to make the ratification, has been removed, compared to the last sentence [deleted] of Article 137 who said 'in both cases the choice must be ratified by parliament' because the Article that provides the eligibility of the Prime Minister, Article 158 remains unchanged, so the Parliament will continue to play its role as it did before [...]"
Note that Article 158 does not refer to the eligibility of the Prime Minister-designate, but to the ratification of its General Policy... An article, who with the amendment of Article 137, could in the future, become a new point of blockage...
Article 158 :
"The Prime Minister in accordance with the President chooses the members of its Cabinet Ministers and presents itself before the Parliament in order to obtain a vote of confidence on its statement of general policy. Voting takes place by open ballot and to the absolute majority of each of the two (2) Houses.
In the case of a vote of no confidence by one of two (2) House, the procedure is repeated."
So it seems to be confirmed that this omission is not a clerical error, but rather the result voluntary and concerted, of an mendment passed by a majority of members of both Houses. But, that since the vote in Assembly, some parliamentarians now regret, to have voted for the amendment of Article 137...
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