Haiti - Politic : Installation of the new Ministers and political reactions...
Mr. Pierre Richard Casimir, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs ; Mr. Ronsard Saint-Cyr, Minister of Interior and Territorial Collectivity ; Mr. Laurent Lamothe, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation ; Mrs. Josépha Gauthier, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour ; Mr. Jean Vilmond Hilaire, Minister of Environment ; Mr. Vanneur Pierre, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training.
The Head of State welcomed the new members of the Cabinet of Ministers and urged them to get to work "You have been chosen because your reputation proves that you are well placed to help the Administration Martelly-Lamothe to realize its vision on the ground. At work relentlessly ! The victory must always belong to the people !" He also expressed his thanks to the Ministers who were replaced by other executives "We express our respect and gratitude towards all those who have already played their role. We can always use their knowledge when necessary," indicated the Head of State "Soon, I will insist ao that the results are tangible in the energy sector. The people can no longer live in the dark. I've had enough! Also, I will encourage commercial banks to become fully involved in the credit policy of the Administration Martelly-Lamothe," stressing that the current environment requires courageous men and women to lead the fight for change.
A reshuffle who generated various reactions in the political class :
The Senator Steven Benoît, while recognizing that the executive has the prerogative to make such a decision, denounces the contempt towards the Legislative power, and the absence of official communication between the Executive and the Legislature, "We learned, like everyone else, through the press, these changes" moreover, he believes that this reshuffle is "a sanction to the competence."
For the Senator Moïse, these changes are the result of infighting within the Executive and not bring anything good for the population. According to him "this is already the war to take power in 2016 that begins..."
The Political Scientist Mozart De Roneth, believes that this reshuffle could be aimed at strengthening the cohesion within the government team and resolve possible conflicts for better performance. However, he does not exclude that this decision has been made under pressure from international and regional sectors or funders.
The Deputy Akluche Louis-Jeune believes that the Prime Minister by taking control of the Ministry of Planning, has now the flexibility to govern to achieve its goals.
Sauveur Pierre Étienne Coordinator General of the Organization of People in Struggle (OPL), criticism this reshuffle made without explanation "This reshuffle proves that there is a power struggle within the government, which is supported by the international community."
For André Michel, Coordinator of Group 77 "It's a matter of personal interest and friendship that manages at the moment and has nothing to do with the people [...] the Head of Government should have consulted the Presidents of both houses to inform them before the decision he made, in sign of respect."
Junot Felix Coordinator of Aksyon pou kontwi yon Ayiti òganize "The change that has been done at the Government will bring nothing new to the people. Everything is a struggle of camp which is solved between family and friends."
The Deputy Abel Descolines requires explanation of the Prime Minister to continue to work with the Government.
Ady Jean-Gardy, the Minister of Communications, said that this reshuffle is normal and stressed the importance of the alternation in matter of governance. He stated that the change of certain Ministers does not removes nothing to their competence. The Minister Jean-Gardy has denied rumors that suggested that the departure of Minister of Interior, Me. Thierry Mayard Paul, is linked to a conflict with the Prime Minister. Recalling that these are two friends, two comrades in arms and there can be no conflict between them. Regarding the departure of Minister of Education, Jean Gardy said that the former Minister of Education will be called to other responsibilities in the Government "The Minister of Education has done a great job. It is a professional who knows his field."
Photo : From left to right: Minister of Environment,, Mr. Jean Vilemond Hilaire, the Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities, Mr. Ronsard Saint-Cyr, the President of the Republic, SEM Michel Joseph Martelly, lthe Prime Minister, Mr. Laurent Salvador Lamothe, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Mrs. Josépha Raymond Gauthier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs, Mr. Pierre Richard Casimir, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Mr. Vanneur Pierre
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