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Elie Lescot during a reception in United States

Elie Lescot during a reception in United States

This is the picture of Elie Lescot, a former Haitian President. He is seeing here during a reception in United States.

Elie Lescot benefited from the American occupation of Haiti due to his close political and economic ties to the United States
After his return from France, during the United States occupation of Haiti between 1915 and 1934, and held various positions in the government of Louis Borno and Sténio Vincent.

One important role was when he became Haiti ambassador to the neighboring Dominican Republic. This allowed him to develop an alliance with President Rafael Trujillo

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Government Commissioner Danton Leger creating general panic

Government Commissioner Danton Leger creating general panic

In just a few weeks in his position, the new Government Commissioner Danton Léger is creating problem for some members of the Martelly government.

After issuing a travel ban to Marc Antoine Acra and Alix Célestin, he then targeted the former Minister of Economy and Finance Wilson Laleau, the son of the president, Olivier Martelly, the former adviser and close friend of Michel Martelly, Ronald (Roro) Nelson

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Evans Paul prohibited from entering Prime Minister residence in Bourdon

Evans Paul prohibited from entering Prime Minister residence in Bourdon

Here is a picture of former Prime Mkinister Evans Paul after he and his ministers have been prohibited from entering the Prime Minister residence in Bourdon.

Now Haiti has two Prime Ministers. One is Fritz Jean, nominated by the interim president Jocelerme Privert and the other is former Prime Minister Evans Paul who has not yet submitted his resignation. The new Haitian Prime Minister Nominee Fritz Jean has submitted his document to the 7-member parliament committee for verification and justification of his candidature in anticipation of securing the vote of confidence. However, unlike interim President Privert, Evans Paul considers the appointment of Jean as Prime Minister is unconstitutional. Mr. Privert in order to maintain the safety and security of all public building has prohibited the entry of Evans Paul to the official residence of the Prime Ministers in Bourdon, because Paul has publicly announced his withdrawal from the government.

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Decree appointing Fritz Alphonse Jean as Prime Minister

Decree appointing Fritz Alphonse Jean as Prime Minister

Here is a copy of the decree appointing economist Fritz Alphonse Jean as Prime Minister of Haiti.

On February 26, 2016, Jocelerme Privert, the interim President of Haiti has appointed well known Haitian economist Fritz Alphonse Jean (59) as the new Prime Minister of the provisional government. When Privert announced the name of Fritz- Jean as the new Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Evans Paul could not hide his dissatisfaction. He has openly stated that the accord signed between Jocelerme Privert and former President Michel Martelly has entrusted Privert the responsibility to complete the remaining election process, the final run off between Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin within the scheduled date on April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. Since Privert was the principal architect of the agreement with his erstwhile capacity as the Senate Chief, he must strictly respect that agreement. The announcement of Fritz-Alphonse Jean as the new Prime Minister by the new provisional president is contempt of the Haitian constitution. Such announcement was made without any confidence vote, without the approval of the presidents of the both houses of the Parliament, and without the confirmation of the eligibility of Fritz-Alphonse Jean as the Prime Minister. Professor Fritz Alphonse Jean is a Cap-Haitien born U.S. educated economist, politician and writer who had served as the governor of the Banque de la République d'Haïti between 1996 and 2001. He studied economics and mathematics in the United States, in New York. Since 2012, he had served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Professions of the North East Department. In his acceptance speech, Jean has acknowledged that his task is huge. It is something more than organizing a fair election; he has to re-establish the macro- economic stability in the country. All Haitians must set aside their differences for the sake of the country to take it out of the present social and economic difficulties.

After having multiple exchanges with various sections of the society for nearly two weeks, and having consultations with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, and Deputy Senate President, Ronald Larèche, the Provisional President Privert has chosen him as the new Prime Minister. Privet is of opinion that the appointment of Jean in no way contravenes the Haitian constitution. His appointment was made in accordance with the constitution in force and respecting the agreement of 6 February, 2016. The parliament, with supports from the both houses of the government, would confirm the eligibility of the consensus prime minister. Following the vote of confidence, the new Prime Minister will be installed to his functions.

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Ministry of Interior Building Plan - Ministere de L'Interieur

Ministry of Interior Building Plan - Ministere de L'Interieur

Here is a picture of the plan for the reconstruction of Haiti Ministry of Interior. The cost of construction of the Ministry is estimated at $ 17.5 million with funding provided by PetroCaribe-Treasury.

It is estimated to create more than 150 jobs.

Work for this building is underway and scheduled to be done by January 2014.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, President Martelly inaugurated the new building for the Ministry of Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT) located at the corner of Paul VI and Monseigneur Guilloux, on the site of the General Tax Directorate (DGI) which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. The five-storey building, with the financial support of the Treasury and the PetroCaribe funds, will house the MICT office, a meeting room, an infirmary, a cafeteria and a parking space for 120 vehicles at the ground level and for about thirty vehicles in the basement. The building will be equipped with three lifts and two emergency staircases-- everything meeting the norms of modern standard practices. Two construction companies, Constructora ROFI" (Dominican) and "Overseas Engineering & Construction Company" (Taiwan), were employed for the construction of the new MICT building.

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Removal of presidential sash from Michel Martelly

Removal of presidential sash from Michel Martelly

Here is a picture of the ceremony for the removal of presidential sash from President Michel Martelly.

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to the nation as he left his office without any replacement. His day of departure coincidentally became the first day of Port-au-Prince's annual three-day Carnival celebration, which was called off as violent protests erupted in many places. It was as well as the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship. Martelly left the country in the hands of a disputed interim government amid one of the worst political crises in recent years-- and without a president. However, an agreement for a transitional government was reached just twenty two hours before Martelly left his office. To symbolize his departure, Martelly returned the presidential sash to the National Assembly by handing it over to the then National Assembly President Jocelerme Privert.

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Michel Martelly returning presidential sash to National Assembly

Michel Martelly returning presidential sash to National Assembly

Here is a picture of President Michel Martelly as he was returning the presidential sash to the National Assembly.

On February 7, 2016, the former President Martelly to symbolize his departure, returned the presidential sash to the National Assembly by handing it over to the then National Assembly President Jocelerme Privert. The presidential sash is an important symbol of the continuity of the presidency, designed to resemble the nation's flag, or the country's national colors and symbols, especially those of Latin American presidents. Its value as a symbol of the office of the head of state can be compared to that of a crown in monarchies. To symbolize a change, Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a new President chose a peasant woman to put the Presidential sash on him. The next morning, President Aristide served breakfast to hundreds of homeless people and street kids at the National Palace.

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Jocelerme Privert took oath of office as new Provisional President of Haiti

Jocelerme Privert took oath of office as new Provisional President of Haiti

Here is a picture of Jocelerme Privert on the night of February 13 to 14, 2016 taking the oath of office as new Provisional President of Haiti.

On 14 February 2016, Jocelerme Privert (February 1, 1954) was elected by the Haitian politicians as the interim Haitian President to fill the vacuum after departure of former President Michel Martelly on February 7, 2016. His other contenders for the post were Edgard Leblanc Fils and Dejean Bélizaire. Privert received 77 votes (13 Senate + 64 Lower House) to defeat Leblanc with 56 votes (10 + 46) *. Bélizaire received only 2 votes. On February 14, the parliament of Haiti met in the National Assembly and elected Jocelerme Privert as the interim president.

Earlier, before the departure of Martelly, an agreement was signed with the proposition that the interim President will hold his office for 120 days and remain responsible to organize the overdue presidential election on April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. Overruling the Haitian constitution on deals between the executive and legislature, the agreement was signed by Martelly, Privert, and the Speaker of the House and it was brokered by the OAS members.

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Me Jules Cantave,

Me Jules Cantave,

Here is a picture of Me Jules Cantave, the new Provisional President of Haiti selected to replace Michel Martelly.

On February 10, 2016, as per an agreement to designate a Government of transition to solve a possible vacuum of power in Haiti, the outgoing President Martelly with the bicameral committee composed of senators and deputies representing the three branches of the Haitian government, including the Executive, legislative and judiciary, responsible for electing the interim president have installed Me Jules Cantave, the President of the Court of Cassation and the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), as the new Provisional President of Haiti. Me Jules Cantave has assumed charges of his office on February 14th for 120 days with a responsibility to organize the presidential election on April 24, 2016. The Provisional government will remain responsible to rule Haiti after Martelly's departure.

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Agreement between Michel Martelly, Jocelerme Privert, Cholzer Chancy

Agreement between Michel Martelly, Jocelerme Privert, Cholzer Chancy

Here is a picture of President Michel Martelly and the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament: Senator Jocelerme Privert (Senate) and Deputy Cholzer Chancy (Lower House) as they are getting ready to sign the agreement.

On Saturday, February 6th, 2016, at the National Palace, President Martelly President Martelly along with the Presidents of both the Houses of Parliament, Senator Jocelerme Privert (Senate) and Deputy Cholzer Chancy (Lower House) signed an agreement for institutional continuity at the end of his Presidential mandate of the Republic in the absence of an elected president and for the continuation of the electoral process that started on August 9, 2015. On February 7th, Martelly made an address to the nation before the National Assembly announcing the end of his tenure and departure from power. However, as per G8 political platform, the agreement seeks to postpone a crisis that must be solved immediately. They are of the opinion that two of the signatories, Privert and Chancy can never be empowered to sign such an accord without being nominated through a majority vote. As per former President Martelly, it was imperative to make such political agreement for creating political stability and maintaining social peace. However, the G8 believes this agreement completely disregards the general consensus and protests of the common people and attempts to validate the 2015 election with the reinstatement of former army.

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