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Haiti - Politic : Passionate debates around the candidacy of Garry Conille
07/09/2011 13:37:02

Haiti - Politic : Passionate debates around the candidacy of Garry Conille
During a meeting yesterday at the National Palace the President Michel Martelly explained that the absence of the country, of the former Head of Office of Bill Clinton, during the past 7 years, should not be an obstacle to the ratification of Dr. Garry Conille "Before appointing Mr. Conille, I consulted my legal team," affirmed the Head of State who invited parliamentarians to make proof of overflow in sight the country out of the crisis.

The question relating to the country of residence of Dr Garry Conille, continues to be controversy. The question concerning the country of residence of the Dr. Garry Conille, continues to be controversial. Some rely on strict compliance with section 157 of the Constitution, others refer to the regulations of the United Nations under which employees of the organization would not change of residence by expatriating himself. Another subject of division, the role played by the international community in this choice [for certain imposed] and the lack of knowledge of the political environment of Haiti, on the part of Garry Conille out of the country for 7 years.

However, the Parliament is far from speaking with one voice... Jean Tolbert Alexis, he leader of the Parliamentary Group of renewal (GPR) announced yesterday that seven deputies have dissociated yesterday of GPR...

For Rodolphe Joazile, President of the Senate "... today the atmosphere is more or less relaxes and if Mr. Conille meets the constitutional requirements I think that he he will not have too much trouble to be ratified in the Senate."

Among those who are in favor of designation of Dr. Garry Conille, the Deputies Emmanuel Fritz Gérald Bourjolly and Jude Charles Faustin, both dissidents of GPR, have welcomed the appointment, they are convinced that Dr. Garry Conille is able to resolve the political crisis that blocks the country.

Jean Tholbert Alexis, the President of the majority bloc in the lower house, said that he was ready to give his vote to the Prime Minister-designate. Referring to the principles of international law, he states that Mr. Conille can live in Niger, while residing in Haiti in his capacity of high United Nations official citing a set of conventions and UN resolutions in favor of Dr. Conille. According to Senator Alexis, Garry Conille could facilitate the release of funds pledged by the International, however, he stressed that the lack of knowledge of the political environment of Haiti from the candidate for Prime Minister's Office, is a serious disadvantage for him...

For the Senator Edwin Zenny (Southeast / INITE) the situation is clear "...Article 157 of the Constitution says he must have five consecutive years of residence in the country. When you are working for the United Nations, [as Haitian] you are domiciled in Haiti, because Haiti is a founding member of the United Nations. He does not work in an NGO or a private company. He works at the United Nations, he is in Haiti this is what the charter says. The Constitution says you have to be in Haiti, the United Nations Charter says you're in Haiti [...] in the document that he gave, he is domiciled in Haiti [...] I'll vote for..."

For his part, Senator Wencesclass Lambert (South East / INITE) says "... there is a 70% chance that the Group of 16, gives its vote, [...] in two weeks, the country will have a Prime Minister... We will not block it, we are not a blocking instrument..."

Joseph Lambert, coordinator of the party INITE and leader of G16 has mentioned a possible ratification of Mr. Conille if he satisfies the criteria of the Senators and the doubts and suspicions are raised...

Opposed to the candidacy of Prime Minister-designate, Dr. Garry Conille, Senator Jean William Jeanty, joined by Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP) see in this appointment the total abandonment of what remains of national sovereignty...

The Senator Jean William Jeanty [Nippes] explains I can not say that the Prime Minister-designate is the consensus that we were looking, it does not match what has been discussed in various sectors, it does not match the profile of someone who was the subject of consensus.It is clear that he is a hair in the soup, it does not correspond at all [...] at the same time there is a set of problems in his file, they say that he does not reside in Haiti, I have not seen the file directly, but everyone knows from his CV, that since 2004 he is not working in Haiti, so he has no residence [...] it also seems that he has not property and that he does not pay these taxes here..."

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, protests against the involvement of international actors in the appointment of a UN official whose presence on the political spectrum would be to put Haiti under guardianship while also denouncing the violation of Article 157 of the Constitution including the provisions relating the number of years of residence would be inconsistent with the current situation of the candidate for Prime Minister.

The Senator Jean Hector Anacacis, Vice President of the Senate, remains on his position, saying that he will not vote for that candidate and that he will stick strictly to the prescribed of the Constitution, which recommends at least 5 years of residence in Haiti so that a Haitian citizen becomes Prime Minister.

CV of Garry Conille, MD, MPH

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