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Haiti - Politic : The Parliament rejects the deadline of President Martelly
17/07/2012 11:03:10

Haiti - Politic : The Parliament rejects the deadline of President Martelly
The Deputy Levaillant Louis Jeune, President of the Lower House has indicated that Parliament would not take account of the injunctions of the Presidency to designate within 8 days [the period expires this Tuesday], its 3 representatives for the next Permanent Electoral Council. Recall that in a letter dated July 9 addressed to the Presidents of both Houses, the Head of State wrote to them "[...] I believe it is urgently necessary that the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies meet in Assembly [...] for selecting, by a majority of 2/3, in accordance with arrangements made by section 192 of the Constitution of 1987 amended, the three members who will be part of the Permanent Electoral Council (CEP) [...] It would be greatly appreciated, that the list of members chosen by the National Assembly, is transmitted to the presidency within a maximum of 8 days from the receipt of this [...]"

Levaillant Louis Jeune asserts that this is "a maneuver of the President Martelly to put obstacles in the wheels of Parliament," and that the Head of State must understand that Parliament does not intends to act under any pressure "Parliament is an independent authority which does not receive instructions from anyone, still less of another power," explaining that he needed more time to designate 3 members of the legislature that will have mandate, with 3 members of the Executive and Judiciary, to organize the elections in Haiti, during the next 10 years.

Several parliamentarians, believe that the Senate now dysfunctional, must have time to solve internal problems. Remember, that after the failure of the commitment at Club Indigo by the Senator, no meeting could take place in the Senate [for lack of quorum] since the passage of the General Policy Statement of the Prime Minister...

However, the President of the Lower House, which states that he "is not about to rush things" and that "the Parliament will take time to recruit representatives" says nevertheless aware of the need to establish the Permanent Electoral Council, stating that arrangements are being made ​​in the offices of both Houses, for the recruitment of 3 representatives of Parliament for the CEP...

The Senator Steven Benoit for his part considers that the period proposed by the Head of State is "a lack of respect for the Parliament." As for Senator Jean William Jeanty, he intends to be opposed to the choice of representatives of legislative by leaving the room at each meeting concerning these choices, in view of preventing the achievement of the required quorum.

Meanwhile, the Head of State confirmed that the Executive had already chosen its 3 representatives and Me Néhémie Joseph, the Spokesman of the Superior Council of Judicial Power (CSPJ), informs that 75 persons, including six women, have deposited their documents for the position of electoral Adviser.

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