Here is a picture of Cardinal Chibly Langlois with Provisional President Jocelerme Privert
In an exclusive interview with Le Nouvelliste on Monday night, July 25, 2016, Cardinal Chibly Langlois called on parliamentarians to choose "the lesser evil". As per Cardinal Chilby, Jocelerme Privert may not be the ideal person to lead the country, but the critical issues that the country is currently passing through such as holding of elections on the date set by the CEP and downward revision of the budget--- we have no better option than President Privert on whom we can depend. We should maintain him as the Provisional President as he is "lesser evil" than his peers who are busier to defend their own interest.
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.
Political parties KID and PHTK through "democratic Agreement" (EDS) filed the operation Friday, June 10 ,, demanding the provisional president Jocelerme Privert to resign the next June 14
June, 2016: Evans Paul: "Lè w pa konpoze, Ou dekonpoze, lè w finn dekonpoze yo depoze w "
As per the news report dated June 18, 2016, a new political opposition coalition "Democratic Agreement" (ED) referring Article 149-1 of the Haitian Constitution, has claimed that once the term of a Haitian President expires, he cannot continue to act as the President of Haiti any more. As per their referred Article (149-1), the acting President may in no case, be a candidate in the next Presidential election. Furthermore, 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. Former Prime Minister Evans Paul as the spokesperson of the coalition group said, the mandate of the former President Jocelerme Privert had ended on 14 June 2016; he cannot any more continue or re-elect as the Haitian President.
Here is copy of the note issued by the Haitian Parliament to announce that as of June 15, 2016, the Haitian Parliament is now in charge of the country and not Jocelerme Privert. The note was signed by Cholzer Chancy, President of the Chamber of Deputies Ronald Lareche, Vice-President of the Senate,
Haiti politicians and lawmakers are divided in opinions on whether Privert is still a Haiti's caretaker president. As per Emmanuel Jean Francois, the communications chief of the prime minister's office, there is no institutional vacuum until the lawmakers meet in a National Assembly and resolve the matter by deciding whether to elect a successor or extend Privert's term. Till that President Privert is Haiti's leader. However, as per Gary Bodeau, a lawmaker from the Lower House, Privert's term has unquestionably finished and Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles has automatically become Haiti's top official by the midnight of Tuesday, June 14, 2016. It is illegal and unconstitutional for Privert to remain in the National Palace. Haitian historian Georges Michel said, as per Haitian tradition, only force can remove Privert from power before the election. However, as the country is passing through a peaceful phase, the chance of forceful expulsion is very rare. The Tet Kale political party of former President Michel Martelly called for a "popular mobilization" for Privert's expulsion while the Fanmi Lavalas faction demanded his stay. Earlier, Privert has repeatedly said that his future will be decided by the divided Parliament who put him into power.
here is a picture of the Six candidates who want to become the next Prime Minister of Haiti under Head of State, Jocelerme Privert
Mirlande Manigat, presented by the JISTIS platform
Edgard Leblanc Fils, proposed by the majority bloc in the Chamber of Deputies
Fritz Jean, proposed by the civil society and human rights organizations
Jacques Sampeur, proposed by the G30,
Joanas Gay, proposed by the platform Vérité
Simon Dieuseul Desras, presented by the platform Palmis
During his first press conference on February 19th, 2016, Jocelerme Privert, the provisional president of Haiti, announced the names of six probable contenders for the Prime Minister's seat. They were: Ms. Myrlande Manigat (representing JISTIS platform), economist Fritz Jean (proposed by the civil society and human rights organizations), former Senator Edgard Leblanc Fils (proposed by the majority bloc in the Chamber of Deputies and the minority bloc in the Senate of the Republic), Jacques Sampeur (proposed by the G30), former Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras (proposed by the platform Palmis) and former Minister Joanas Gay (proposed by the platform Vérité). However, after extensive discussions in the Parliament on Wednesday, February 24, that number reduced to three, Mirlande Manigat, Edgar Leblanc Fils and Fritz Jean. Finally, economist Fritz Jean was chosen by Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert on late Thursday, on February 25, 2016.
In an interview given to Marie Lucie bonhomme on February 23, PM Evans Paul has declared war on President Jocelerme Privert.
PM Evans Paul Declares War on President Jocelerme Privert
A cold war is underway between the Prime Minister Evans Paul and the Provisional President Jocelerme Privert. The PM Evans Paul believes that the accord signed between Jocelerme Privert and former President Michel Martelly specifically mentions the responsibility of the new provisional president (Jocelerme Privert) to complete the remaining election process and that translates in to the arrangement of 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. As per Evans Paul, since Privert was the principal architect of the agreement with his erstwhile capacity as the Senate Chief, he must strictly respect that agreement.
June 29, 2016 - Swearing in of the elected bishop of Hinche , Mgr . Desinord Jean , before the President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert , at the National Palace.
On June 29, 2016, the swearing in of the Monsignor Desinord Jean as the new Bishop of Hinche took place before the President of the Republic Jocelerme Privert at the National Palace. Désinord Jean (born in 1967) was ordained priest in 1994. He was well known to the Haitian community for his radio programs on Radio Télé soleil. On April 4, 2016, the Vatican nominated him as the new Bishop of Hinche, succeeding Mgr Simon-Pierre Saint-Hillien, who died in July 2015. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hinche was founded on 20 April 1972; it is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Cap-Haïtien. On Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Hinche, the ceremony of Episcopal ordination and enthronement of the new bishop took place in the presence of Catholic clergies, including Cardinal Chibly Langlois and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Eugène Martin Nugent, many representatives of the Church in Haiti and abroad, Christian community of Hinche and many other government representatives.
Here is the report of the Commission of Evaluation to the Nation.
There were many instances where the number of untraceable votes (also called zombie votes) exceeded the legitimate votes. One of the CIEVE members has summed it up as, more dead people have voted than the livings. Suspecting a high level of electoral fraud, they have recommended that October's presidential first-round election should be "restart from zero." The number of untraceable votes received by the first-place presidential candidate, according to the results of the CEP, was higher than the total number of such votes received by the second- and third-place candidates and it was higher than the difference between the first- and fifth-place candidates. As per CIEVE, it appeared that electoral fraud was masterminded at a "high level." Not only some acts were committed in simple violation of the Act, they were well organized; even the electoral decree and the Opont led CEP violated its own standard which were not in conformity with the constitution and the principles of democratic governance."La mission de L'oea.
Martelly's Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK) has dismissed the findings of the Commission arguing that it is just a plan for Provisional President Jocelerme Privert to remain in power.
Here is Jocelerme Privert in Arcahaie during the celebration of the Haitian Flag.
On May 18, 2016, President Jocelerme Privert visited Arcahaie to attend the 213th anniversary of Haitian Flag. On Wednesday, the President arrived in the city of flag despite the threats from the supporters of the Tet Kale party who burned tires and blocked major arteries into the city of Arcahaie. There were reports that they would not allow President Privert to enter the city and participate in the traditional ceremony on that day. However, the events unfolded in a different way. The ceremony was celebrated without a hitch and the President was able to send a strong message to these partisans. He has said, there would be no election in the country until the verification commission sheds light on the happenings of October 25th election. Although he did not mention any name, it was easily understood that his prime target was Martelly's Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), because they are the only political party in Haiti opposed to a verification of the last elections; the election was conducted during Martelly's regime and he along with his supporters were accused of massive frauds.
Here is the meeting conducted to finalize the terms for the creation of the Commission of Verification. Present at the meeting was President Jocelerme Privert, PM Enex Jean-Charles and others.
As per news reports dated 17 April, 2016, the terms of reference of the Independent Commission of Electoral Evaluation and Verification were submitted to the Interim President Jocelerme Privert for validation purpose. On the same day, these terms of references were discussed, approved and signed by the representatives of more than a dozen of political parties after several hours of discussions on the work of this Commission. Some of the important terms of reference which were approved include: (a) development of a methodology for a technical analysis of the data; (b) purify the voting process by analyzing the signing and counting sheets, partial electoral lists, ballots, minutes of counting, minutes of deficiency and incidence minutes; (c) evaluation of registered complaints; (d) compliance of voting and counting processes; and (e) identify the perpetrators, beneficiaries and victims of serious irregularities or frauds.