Haiti - Politic : Closing of the 1st Legislative Session 2019, extracts from the speech of Carl Murat
Excerpts from Senator Cantave's speech :
"The Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies experienced this session in the torment of the great social, economic and political difficulties that have shaken the country in all its compartments.
At the security level, the country is facing its greatest crisis in the last 30 years [...] groups of armed bandits are organizing throughout the country [...] impose their laws and establish their territories in which they exercise their full power and even claim to take the place of the state.
Massacres were perpetrated at La Saline https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-27679-icihaiti-massacre-of-la-saline-dcpj-investigation-implicates-2-high-officials-of-the-state.html and Carrefour-Feuilles https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27559-haiti-flash-massacre-of-carrefour-feuilles-death-toll-climbed-cspn-emergency-meeting.html where many human lives were savagely removed and the houses of these unhappy and peaceful citizens burned.
[...] The National Police of Haiti has made efforts, but it seems to exceed the scope of the situation. Because his interventions have not been able to allow until now, a return to normal. Many police have lost their lives [...]
So let us pay tribute to the memory of our valiant police officers who fell on the field of honor in fulfilling their mission to serve and protect the people. Our sincere condolences to their families.
We therefore invite the Government to adopt all the legal measures, to strengthen the operational capacities of the PNH to put an end to this situation [...]
On the social level, the situation is alarming. The majority of the population lives in the most abject misery, the vast majority of families are hard-pressed and homes can no longer survive.
The number of street children has visibly increased. Households are not supplied with water, jumps strew our streets, the national electrical service is failing.
[...] Corruption seems today to reach disproportionate proportions and crystallizes in broad daylight through what is now called the PetroCaribe affair.
[...] Politically, the situation is very tense. Violent street demonstrations have interrupted or even destroyed productive activities in the country. Opposition parties demand the resignation of the President [...] Civil society organizations and youth movements demand through demonstrations that ex-dignitaries indexed in PetroCaribe reports be prosecuted.
[...] The economic situation is worrying. The depreciation of the Gourde has accelerated in a dizzying way weakening the purchasing power of households. Inflation has reached the [...] 17% rate https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27278-haiti-economy-new-record-inflation-accelerates-and-reaches-17-in-february-2019.html https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27487-haiti-economy-note-from-the-brh-on-economic-activity-2nd-quarter-2018-2019.html
In such a precarious context, it will be understood that Parliament in both its branches can not be proud of brandishing a good score. The legislature could hardly accomplish its primary mission,
[...] The deplorable situation of the country challenges us and orders us to cease our unproductive chapel quarrels, to leave narrow and tortuous paths to embark on the great road of development;
As we face disastrous cascading situations, involving the very survival of the public authorities, I appeal to the foresight and intelligence of the state men and women that we are the three [...] powers, without blows, without pitfalls, without malice must absolutely ring the "La" of the tuning fork of concord and national harmony [...] To this end, a frank and sincere national dialogue is the only solution capable of to calm the ardor, to build the cohesion we need so much to get the country out of this economic and social slump.
The sincerity of the talks initiated by the President of the Republic is difficult to demonstrate. No credible political agreement has been reached and the political governance of the country pays for it.
This is not a parody of dialogue that will consist of adopting cosmetic solutions. It is not by neglecting other key players in national politics that the solution will emerge.
The solution must come from a frank, inclusive dialogue focused on a political agreement for the adoption of an improved Government program for the Haitian people as a whole.
Cosmetic solutions to the cyclical political crisis will only lead to an impasse and an eternal renewal. Thus we will once again have missed the opportunity to create the minimum conditions for the establishment of a strong state.
The national agreement is proving to be more than urgent. It's about the survival of our nation. Let us make the necessary sacrifices to build a better country for present and future generations [...]"