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New political opposition coalition "Democratic Entente" (ED)

New political opposition coalition

The new political opposition coalition "Democratic Entente" headed by Evans Paul.

Entente Democratic (ED), or Democratic Agreement, a platform has been formed by the former president Martelly's PHTK party and its allies as a general mobilization force with a single objective of overthrowing Provisional President Jocelerme Privert from power. Some of the participants of this political coalition include: the KID, the PHTK, the National Consortium of political Parties Haitians, "Repon Peyizan" of "Platfom Viktwa", the National Bloc Right Centre, MONHA. They have given reference of Article (149-1) which says the acting President may in no case, be a candidate in the next Presidential election, and as per Article 134-3, the President of the Republic may not be re-elected. He may serve an additional term only after an interval of five (5) years. Thus, Privert cannot any more continue or re-elect as the Haitian President. Evans Paul, the former prime minister, as the head of the platform has announced, continuation of Privert as the Interim President without any title or quality is against the law of the country and is a matter of a criminal offence. The three branches of government, such as, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, should meet immediately to bring back the country onto the rail of the constitution.

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Youri Latortue admitted PHTK rigged elections

Youri Latortue admitted PHTK rigged elections

Senator Youri Latortue who was an adviser to president Michel Martelly admitted that PHTK had rigged the elections of August 9 and October 25, 2015. He is afraid the provisional president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert is attempting to do the same thing that PHTK did by rigging the coming elections toward a particular group.

As per the news dated June 19, 2016, Youri Latortue, the Senator of Ayiti An Asyon (AAA) and former advisor to former President Martelly has finally admitted that Martelly's political party PHTK had rigged the elections on August 9 and October 25, 2015. And he did not stop here. He has further warned, he believes that President Jocelerme Privert is planning to rig the coming elections in favor a specific group in the same way as PHTK did". Youri Latortue is an outspoken senator and one of Haiti's most powerful politicians. He was a lieutenant in the Haitian Armed Forces (FADH). It is a known fact that he was involved in many of the political killings carried out during the 1991-94 coup, in particular the shooting of Father Jean-Marie Vincent in August 2004. According to the testimony and reports of many colleagues, Latortue is a gang godfather, drug-trafficker and death-squad leader. He is the big boss of Gonaïves who has helped bring down Haitian governments several times. In a 2007 cable published by Wiki Leaks, it was learned that U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Janet Sanderson described him as "the poster boy for political corruption in Haiti."

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President Jocelerme Privert President Danilo Medina

President Jocelerme Privert President Danilo Medina

Here is President Jocelerme Privert with Dominican President Danilo Medina.

During the last 7th ACS (Association of Caribbean States) Summit in Havana on June 4, 2016, when Danilo Medina, the Dominican president met President Jocelerme Privert, Medina greeted Privert with a direct question: "When will be elections in Haiti?" Privert replied very quickly, "According to all available information, it has been scheduled for October 9, 2016." Then Privert conveyed his warmest congratulations to the Dominican President Medina for his second time victory under banner of "Partido de la Liberación Dominicana" with 61.61% votes against his main rival Luis Abinader, of the "Partido Revolucionario Moderno" (PRM) party who obtained 35.22% of the votes. Election in Haiti is equally important to the Dominican Republic, because the two countries have many outstanding issues to settle. Privert, as an interim president representing an interim government with little political support, has very limited ability to solve these issues. He was appointed for a very short tenure (120 days) and not to remain in power. In October 2015 during Martelly regime, Haiti unilaterally banned import of 23 Dominican products which choked 88.72% of US$ 467.9 million annual trade between the two countries. As per the decision taken, the banned items cannot cross the land border, but they can enter by boat or plane on payment of taxes to the capital of Port-au-Prince or in the northern coastal town of Cap Haitien. The upcoming October 9 election will start from a scratch. There will be many new candidates, new agreements, new alliances, and different coalitions. Two former allies might become two opponents-- former Presidents Rene Preval and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. However, for us, one thing is important. Privert is thinking for the handover of power.

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The CEP of Leopold Berlanger

The CEP of Leopold Berlanger

Here is the new cep headed by Léopold Berlanger.

On March 30, 2016, at the Court of Cassation (Champ-de-Mars) Councillor Leopold Berlanger representing Press sector, was appointed as a member of the 9-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) by the interim President Jocelerme Privert. On the following day, he was elected as the President of the CEP by the other members of the council. The new nine member CEP under Berlanger has been constituted with the following representations: 1) Léopold Berlanger (Press sector): President; 2) Carlos Hercule ( Episcopal Conference of Haiti): Vice President ; 3) Marie Frantz Joachim (Woman sector): General Secretary; 4) Frinel Joseph (Reformed worship): Treasurer ; 5) Kenson Polynice (Peasant / Voodoo sector): Member ; 6) Marie-Herolle Michel (Patronal sector): Member; 7) Josette Jean Dorcély (Union sector): Member ; 8) Jean Lucien Bernard (University sector): Member ; and 9) Jean Simon Saint-Hubert (Human Rights sector): Member. The verification Commission has noticed that during the last election, there were many instances where the number of untraceable votes (the CEP termed them zombie votes, the figure was about 448,000 or 29% of total votes) exceeded the legitimate votes. To some extent, it was caused by the representatives of political parties and election observers who were on election duty; they did not fill the required "procès-verbal de carence" which were meant to be filled by them while casting votes at the polling stations where they were engaged instead of where they were registered to vote. Recently, the CEP has put to end to this practice that allowed them to cast vote anywhere they want.

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Muhammad Ali and Jean-Claude Duvalier

Muhammad Ali and Jean-Claude Duvalier

Here is a picture of one of the greatest men we know Muhammad Ali with former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. This picture was provided thanks to the son of Mr. Duvalier. Nicolas Duvalier.

Nicolas Duvalier, the son of Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc), has shared a rare, never before seen, photo of the late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, and his father Baby Doc. However, authenticity and context of the photo could not be verified. As per Nicolas Duvalier's twit, this photo was in his personal collection and the child with Ali is Ali's son. In a book of named "Paradise Lost: Haiti's Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hot Spot" by Philippe Girard, the writer had mentioned that, "By the late 1970's, seventy thousand U.S Tourists visited Haiti every year, including such African American celebrities as Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali) and Arthur Ashe."... The photograph might have been taken during one of such visit.

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Guichard DORE, Advisor to President Michel Martelly

Guichard DORE, Advisor to President Michel Martelly

Here is a picture of Guichard DORE, the advisor to President Michel Martelly.

Guichard Doré is a former presidential adviser, specialist in education and governance, economist and sociologist. Following the installation of Jocelerme Privert as the Interim President, Guichard Dore, advisor to President Michel Martelly had said, his party PHTK has already made compromises by accepting to leave the presidential office as per February 5th accord, and therefore expects other parties to behave accordingly. In the last month, on May 4, 2016, he said, Privert's charge was to complete the electoral process begun in 2015. The agreement that had installed him to the power, made no mention of a verification commission. So President Privert's decision to launch this verification commission is in violation of the February 5, 2016 agreement and it must be widely denounced as illegal and unconstitutional. Privert must leave the task of completing the election to Prime Minister Enex Jean Charles. However, he wants to annul the elections, put the parliament out of business after May 9, and remain in the power in a transitional regime for 2 years.

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Gwen Margolis, Member of the Florida Senate

Gwen Margolis, Member of the Florida Senate

Here is a picture of Gwen Margolis, Member of the Florida Senate from the 35th district.

Gwen Margolis (born October 4, 1934), a Jewish by religion, is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the District 35, (1980-1992; 2002-2008; 2010-present). She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In 1990, Margolis became the first woman to lead the chamber as the Senate president. She served in that role until 1992 and won an award for her leadership in the Senate. Earlier to that, she had served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980. Before joining politics, she was a real estate broker and an investor. On June 2, 2016, her 40 years in politics came to an abrupt end with the announcement of her plans to retire from the Florida Senate-- she has dropped her re-election bid. Margolis, at the age of 81 is the longest-serving senator currently in the Florida Legislature.

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Cloves or Jirof in Haitian Kreyol

Cloves or Jirof in Haitian Kreyol

Here is a picture of Cloves or Jirof as it is called in Haitian Kreyol.

Cloves (Jirof or jiwof in Haitian Kreyol) are cultivated mostly in Brazil, the West Indies (including Haiti), Tanzania, Madagascar and India. Its strong, distinct flavor is very popular in Haitian cuisine. Clove is widely used in every popular culinary style in whole or in a grounded state to impart a strong sweet but spicy and peppery flavor. Cloves have a long shelf life, lasting up to a year, if they are kept in a cool, dark place away from light. Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry where the essential oil (clove oil in natural form) is used as a painkiller. Both cloves and clove oil have been used in Asian cooking for over 2,000 years. Arab traders introduced cloves to Europe in the fourth century. Clove contains "eugenol" which has great medicinal value for lowering the risk of digestive tract cancers and reducing joint inflammation. It also saves you from morning sickness, vomiting and diarrhea. Cloves stuck into an orange create a lovely fragrance in the home and may actually deter flies and other insects, naturally.

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EU and its Relationship with Haiti

EU and its Relationship with Haiti

The European Union(EU) and its Relationship with Haiti.

The European Union maintains relations and cooperation with Haiti both on the bilateral and regional basis."EU-CELAC or The European Union and Latin American and Caribbean Community (CELAC stands for Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños, in Spanish) have enjoyed a privileged relations since the formation of a strategic partnership in the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999. The relationship between Haiti and EU stands on three main pillars based on the Cotonou agreement; they are: Political cooperation, Trade and commerce, and Development cooperation. The Cotonou Agreement forms the legal basis for EU-Haiti relations. The agreement is actually an ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou (in Benin) on 23 June 2000. It was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is a framework for the EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The fundamental principles of the Cotonou Agreement include equality of partners, global participation (States and non-state actors), dialogue and regionalization.

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June 14, Jocelerme Privert must go, said PHTK and allies

June 14, Jocelerme Privert must go, said PHTK and allies

A new political structure was formed with only one objective: to remove Privert from office. According to the group headed by Evans Paul, June 14, Jocelerme Privert must go,

The 120-day mandate of Jocelerme Privert's appointment as the interim president as per February 5th accord has ended on June 14, 2016 and has left Haiti in an uncertain power vacuum. His installation as the interim president came as per an agreement with the proposition that the interim President will hold his office for 120 days (since February 14, 2016) and remain responsible to organize the overdue presidential election before April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. However, the unfinished election could not be completed following the audit of an Independent verification Commission which said the election of October 25, 2015, was marred by massive frauds. Neither the lawmakers could meet in a National Assembly to resolve the matter by deciding whether to elect a successor or extend Privert's term. On the last day of Privert's term as the president, the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) of former President Martelly and its allies formed a "general mobilization" force [called Entente Democratic (ED), or Democratic Agreement] with a single object of overthrowing Provisional President Jocelerme Privert from power. The former prime minister, Evans Paul, as the head of the platform has announced, continuation of Privert as the Interim President without any title or quality is against the law of the country and is a matter of a criminal offence. The three branches of government, such as, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, should meet immediately to bring back the country onto the rail of the constitution.

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