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Ginot Bonnet, new Director General at the Ministry of Interior

Ginot Bonnet, new Director General at the Ministry of Interior

Here is a picture of Mr. Ginot Bonnet who was installed as the new Director General at the Ministry of Interior

The Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT), Ariel Henry, helped to install new MICT Director General Ginot Bonnet.

Minister Henry urged Bonnet to work together with all actors of MICT to create an environment to support the peaceful holding of upcoming elections.

Bonnet assured Henry and employees and executives of MICT he would acknowledge their ableness and commitment ". . . to strengthen MICT interventions for better services to local government."

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Jean Jacques Charles, National Authorizing Officer of EDF Director

Jean Jacques Charles, National Authorizing Officer of EDF Director

Here is a picture of the new National Authorizing Officer of EDF Director, Mr. Jean Jacques Charles

On February 26, 2015, the Prime Minister Evans, Paul has appointed Jean Jacques Charles as the new National Authorizing Officer of the European Development Fund (EDF). EDF is authorized to co-manage the EDF resources on behalf of the government, as well as the resources of the National Indicative Program (NIP) and those of the Regional Indicative Program (RIP). Haiti will hold the rotating Presidency of this fund allocated to CARRICOM countries from July 1. We might remember that the new EDF National Authorizing Officer was a senior government official who had worked directly with the EU on issues of socioeconomic developments. He was the former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in Haiti since January 25, 2013 and he worked tirelessly for the people to improve his ministry and those he served.

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Josue Pierre Louis replaces Lucien Francoeur at Primature

Josue Pierre Louis replaces Lucien Francoeur at Primature

Here are some pictures as Josué Pierre Louis replaced Lucien Francoeur as Secretary General of the Primature in Haiti

The former Minister of Justice and the President of the Permanent Electoral Council Josue Pierre Louis who was recently rejected by Belgium as Haiti's ambassador to Brussels and to the Eurpean Union, because of his alleged involvement in a rape to one of his colleagues in November 2012, has been designated by Haiti's Prime Minster Evans Paul as the Primature's Secretary General. The Prime Minister Paul described him as an integral part of the political life in Haiti and he fervently hoped he contributes his talent for the public administration. His appointment as the Secretary General of Primature has caused an uproar among the women's rights organizations in Haiti and abroad, accusing the Haitian President and his Prime Minister of impunity. However, the former Minister of Justice was never held guilty by a court of law, nor the rape charge against him was ever dismissed. No Haitian court has ever bothered to shed light on the myriad of accusations against him.

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Evans Paul as new Haiti Prime Minister

Evans Paul as new Haiti Prime Minister

President Michel Martelly swore in Evans Paul as new prime minister

Haiti's newly sworn Prime Minister, Evans Paul, was given his formal welcome into the post by the President, Michel Martelly, on January 16, 2015. The swearing in ceremony was attended by many prominent members of the political field and other diplomats. Despite this official ceremony, Prime Minister Paul has not been approved and ratified by parliament, since the country has been without a functioning parliament since January 12. Paul, a member of the opposition, vowed to incorporate more opposition figures within the cabinet to form the promised consensus government.

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Pierre Richard Casimir New Secretary of State in Haiti

Pierre Richard Casimir New Secretary of State in Haiti

According to some reliable sources, the order for Pierre Richard Casimir to become the new Secretary of State in Haiti was signed by President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Garry Conille. The order was already signed by both President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Garry Conille.

Pierre Richard Casimir was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 19, 1970. he received a Law Degree at Haiti State University in 1994.

Mr. Casimir held the following positions in the past: Program Director, USAID Poor Detainees Legal Assistance Program, 1995-1999. Legal Assistant and Interpreter, U.S. Embassy Ministerial Advisory Team on Justice. Legal Counsel to the President of the Republic of Haiti, 1999. Deputy Director, Private Office of the Minister of Justice, 2001. Member of the Private Office of the President of the Republic of Haiti, 2004-2005. General Consul of Haiti in Montreal, 2005.

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Jean Renel Sanon, David Bazile and Pierre Richard Casimir

Jean Renel Sanon, David Bazile and Pierre Richard Casimir

Here is a picture of Jean Renel Sanon, David Bazile and Pierre Richard Casimir. All three have a big date in the Haitian Senate on November 5th, 2013. They will likely be revoked from their positions as Ministers of Justice and Public Security, the Interior and local government and foreign affairs respectively.

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New Haitian Cabinet sworn in as President Martelly to runs by decree

New Haitian Cabinet sworn in as President Martelly to runs by decree

The new Haitian Cabinet was sworn in Monday (January 19, 2015) as President Michel Martelly will now run the troubled country without a parliament. A total of 20 ministers and more than a dozen secretaries of state were named and installed in a ceremony at the National Palace.

While President Michel Martelly has sworn in his brand new cabinet, those of the opposition who haven't been placated by the new changes to the political playing field have vowed to continue the protests that call for his immediate resignation. The President began his run in 2011 and is still in office following three years of suspended elections. He is set to leave office next year, but until then, seeing as the term for parliament members passed without a renewal, he will have until that time, free reign, ruling by Presidential decree.

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Rothschild Francis Junior, New Minister of Communication

Rothschild Francis Junior, New Minister of Communication

Here is the picture of journalist Rothschild Francis Junior, New Minister of Communication.

Among the recently sworn in new members of the Haitian cabinet is the country's new Minister of Communications, Rothschild Francis Junior. The former journalist was ushered into his post along with over 12 state secretaries and 19 other ministers in a ceremony put on by President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul. Martelly's new consensus government includes half of the former ministers in his cabinet, with a few new additions. Even with all these new changes, including adding members of the opposition into key government roles, the continued threat of protests puts pressure on the President.

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Minister Victor BENOIT and Michel Martelly

Minister Victor BENOIT and Michel Martelly

Here is a picture of Minister Victor BENOIT and Michel Martelly.

The term for the members of parliament expired and President Martelly ruled by decree. One of his first acts was to appoint a new 'consensus government' made up of pieces of his old cabinet, and new ministers from the opposition.

This act still couldn't find favor with the opposition, who were quick to find fault with the choices for cabinet. Those who are new include Labor and Social Affairs Minister Victor Benoit, and Minister of Interior Ariel Henry. Their appointment has not been the salve hoped for as, according to the former senate president, the changes are bringing on more problems, not solving any.

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Minister of Planification, Yves Germain JOSEPH

Minister of Planification, Yves Germain JOSEPH

Here is a picture of Minister of Plannification, Yves Germain JOSEPH and President Michel Martelly.

When Haitian President Michel Martelly called a vote that would extend parliament and thus facilitate elections for the country, a deal that was being brokered by the United States, members of the political parties of the opposition failed to show up leaving the proposal floundering. The opposition has made their feelings - that the President has played a game to place himself in the de facto position, ruling by decree - and also their intentions - to keep their protests alive until they accomplish their one mission, to get the President out of power - well known.

Haiti isn't new to political unrest, as the world has seen documented, but in recent years, a new era of democracy had begun and hopes were high for that to continue. When issues began last year that would lead to the current dissolution of parliament, the governing administration blamed the opposition senators, and they in turn blamed the President.

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