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Haiti - Politic : National Assembly another failure...
30/10/2012 09:48:56

Haiti - Politic : National Assembly another failure...
For lack of quorum, the extraordinary session in National Assembly scheduled for Monday 29 October, was again victim of the absenteeism of Parliamentarians. Despite of reminders of the President of the Senate, the Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras, on the sense of duty and the moral obligation of parliamentarians to respond to this convening, the patriotic uprising hoped did not happen and the session has been postponed "sine die".

Only 11 Senators and 57 deputies were present, at the first and only call. An insufficient number to hold a National Assembly which requires a quorum of 16 senators and 66 deputies. If we have noticed a slight increase in the presence of deputies (57) compared to the last meeting (October 11) the President of the Senate could only note that the number of Senators present (11) was by cons, inferior to the previous meeting (13).

Visibly indignant after the roll call, the Senator Desras declared "...I started to make the call, after an hour, there will be no second call and the only thing I will say to my fellow colleagues deputies and senators gran moun pa bwe let nan biberon, ti moun pa antre nan gendarme, the session is over and reported."

Reacting to the notable absence of many parliamentarians, Ralph Théano, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister for Relations with Parliament declared "[...] I think we are at a very critical crossroads in the country today [...] everyone is paid to work [...] the workplace is the Parliament, and I think at least they [the parliamentarians] could gratify the Nation of their presence [...] it is not a failure for the Executive, the Executive has done what it should do. Today, the Nation should take note, that apparently some parliamentarians, despite everything is happening in their country, in their area, probably do not want that the National Assembly to be done. We must be aware of that [...] A senator was stuck in New York, and 3 other senators who were en route are not come, other senators said they would not come [...] I ask the Nation to take note to know who are the responsibles who prevent the session to be held [...]"

Several parliamentarians also reacts to this failure. For Senator Steven Benoît, as long as the appointment of 3 representatives of the legislative body to serve on the Permanent Electoral Council, will be on the agenda, these convening will be a wasting time. For the Senator Benoît the only solution is an ultimate Provisional Electoral Council of consensus.

For his part, the Senator Andris Riché while lamenting the absence of his colleagues stressed "The senators and deputies can insist so that the point mentioning the formation of the CEP is removed but this should not prevent them from responding to the convening,taking into account the current situation," noting that if they have claims, it is to the Parliament that they should express them and not in the media.

For the Deputy Jean Tolbert Alexis, who rejects the responsibility on the Senators (while the quorum ofDeputies was also reversed] "It is not normal that a group of senators chooses to block the country [...] The legislative power is obliged to find a formula to designate its three representatives to the Permanent Electoral Council."

The Deputy Abel Descolines described the situation "of parliamentary anarchy."

For the senator Edwin Zenny [and close friend of President] "The President is the guarantor of the proper functioning of institutions of the country, he must take note of the behavior of senators," stressing the need for an agreement between the Executive and the legislative to allow the holding of this session that is blocking the ratification of important bills, including the one allowing the use of funds for education, from levies on the diaspora.

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