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Haiti - Politic : Speech of Martelly for the 208th anniversary of Haiti's independence
01/01/2012 15:50:28

Haiti - Politic : Speech of Martelly for the 208th anniversary of Haiti's independence
On the Place d'Armes in Gonaives, the President Michel Martelly delivered before a large crowd on the occasion of the 208th anniversary of Haiti's independence, a speech to the Nation.

Speech to the Nation by the President Martelly :

"...the year 2011 end and will remain for us a turning point. To those who have been disappointed, those that the life has experienced in their flesh, their souls, in their beliefs, to those who suffer, it is to you first that I made ​​my wishes, Good and Better Year 2012. To all my fellow citizens from here and elsewhere, all my young men, all my valiant women I wish you a Happy New Year as well as all those away from their home, who chose to come here, bring us the change, I tell you Happy New Year. To all of the apparatus of the state who share with me the responsibility and duty to ensure that all those who need it feel protected by the state, I renew my best wishes, to all, Happy New Year and Happy Feast.

Happy Feast, because all of us Haitians, we commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of independence of our country. On january 1, 1804 after the victory, the nation was free, independent, the war was won. Since 208 years the canons are silent, but other wars are to be win, other battles to fight, other objectives to be achieved I am fully aware and I am responsible to infuse this movement, this vision of a modern state, respectful of the institutions devoted to collective welfare, strict in its management of common good, open to cooperation.

Around our 4 E, our compass, the government will continue to work to change things, YES it is necessary that things change, so that today, I am very happy, in the city of Gonaïves to be standing next to Dessalines to continue the battle so that Haiti changes.

Yes the canons are silent, but the battle continues. Together, we must all put the hand. As I promised, the Commission for the army that the government has established, gave me its report, and it also recommended a new army for the country of Haiti. An army that each time there is a natural disaster, will provide the help that we expect, an army that will work to safeguard the territorial integrity in a continent where the threats to national security are numerous, threats such as drug trafficking and terrorism.

We will submit this report to all three branches of government, the three powers together with civil society and the business sector will look into it, in order to make good decisions. The police reform and the creation of the new army are two things that need to walk together and, we ask all friends of Haiti to help us do the things well.

But 2012 will also bring other changes, the elections that comes will involve every section, each municipality, each department is what will allow the people to have good representatives who will defend its interests, achieve decentralization, that the whole country is waiting, that's how democracy will be established and that the institutions will be strengthened. Only in this way, there are no other routes for the reconstruction is done, for the development of the country comes, through job creation, new businesses, development of agriculture.

These are the new challenges and struggles, the struggle for education, the environment that us all Haitians, not just myself, that us all Haitians, we must take today. I count on you, I count on you, my people, so that together, we stand up so that Haiti be more beautiful. This country is too rich to be poor God bless you."

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