The sights to be seen at the Carnival of Flowers included the street theater pieces, which consisted of the parading of the body of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, convincingly played by an actor, through the streets of Port-au-Prince. There was also the sight of the many, varying colorful costumes, worn by dancers who shimmied along to the vibrant rhythm of the musicians playing lively Haitian beats. Also a spectacle of its own kind, were the protestors who set out to criticize the President's decision to hold the carnival this year.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe participated in the US Independence day celebration at the residence of Pamela White - the US Ambassador to Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. In a speech during the celebration, Laurent Lamothe stated that it was his pleasure to participate in the event and that his presence during the event was the testimony of the fact that Haiti has an excellent relationship with United States. Stephanie Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism was also present.
The Special Envoy of the World Bank Mary Barton-Dock received some harsh words from the Ambassador of Venezuela in Haiti, Pedro Antonio Canino. This came to be following her critic of the government of Martelly-Lamothe for the way they have been handling fund from PetroCaribe.
According to Pedro Antonio Canino, the World Bank had no business to interfere in the Petrocaribe program
,publicly criticized the government for the way he has been managing the fund from PetroCaribe
Here is Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe taking a souvenir picture with his staff
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, announced his resignation along with several other ministers in a commission's call within a violent environment of anti government protests demanding him to step down. Earlier to his resignation, President Martelly had said that he has accepted the commission's findings and Prime Minister Lamothe is ready to sacrifice and resign. Lamothe had been appointed as the Prime Minister by President Martellly in 2012; and he was Martelly's third nomination for prime minister. Prime Minister Lamothe's farewell speech was delayed past midnight where he said he was leaving "with a sense of accomplishment for remarkable work of government." Some critics accused him of campaigning for own presidency on the public dime. However, he has denied his candidacy. The Prime Minister bid farewell to his co-workers at La Primature and expressed his gratitude for quality collaboration offered by them.
Here is a pictur of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in the city of Port-de-Paix, Haiti
On what might be one of his last official duties as Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe was present in Port-de-Paix on Monday, December 8 for a tour and the inauguration ceremony of the Place d'Armes and the memorial Capois-La-Mort. During the tour, Lamothe spoke with Regional Directorate of Ed'H officials about the issue of electricity in the Northwest, and addressed the public about how the 9 completed projects have changed the area. The construction was of 7 km of road, 5 km of sidewalk, and the restoration of the age-old Iron Market.
The former US President Bill Clinton doesn't think that it is a good idea to remove Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as it was suggested by the Commission.
Haiti's Big Mistake: Removing Lamothe
Ex-President Clinton said to force Prime Minister Lamothe to resign will be an enormous mistake, setting Haiti back, obliterating the gains it has achieved since the earthquake.
Clinton praised Lamothe for a job well done, adding Haiti ". . . is the most consistent and decisive government . . ." he has worked with on issues across-the-board. They have attracted a wealth of private investment and to throw it all away does not make sense to him.
President Michel Michel Martelly has agreed with all the recommendations made by the Commission, including the resignation of his Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe
President Martelly has followed the recommendations of a special commission, and asked Prime Minister Lamothe for his resignation. With Lamothe's resignation, Martelly hopes to end a protracted political fight thwarting elections.
Everyone is confused about when a new Prime Minister can be installed, but it needs to happen before January 12th, or else Martelly rules by decree.
The opposition is worried Martelly will operate a dictatorship, so he can control presidential elections in 2015.
There is life after Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. The executive and the legislative power understand that clearly. This is a meeting between Deputy Jacques S. Thimoléon, M. Simon D. Desras and President Michel Martelly consulting to form a new government.
Consultative Commission Urges Opposition to Declare a Truce
President Martelly has abided by a special commission's recommendation that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe be asked to resign. Lamothe offered his resignation Sunday December 14th.
Demonstrators have demanded the Martelly-Lamothe government be ended when the holding of general elections in October did not occur.
The commission is asking the opposition to declare a truce so both sides can agree to hold elections before Parliament closes down and Martelly rules by presidential decree.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with his friend Haitian President Michel Martelly
The protestors want government corruption to stop and believe it should start with the disbandment of the Martelly-Lamothe government. They have been scuffling with police outside the National Palace, fired upon by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers and tear-gassed by local police. So far, one man has died near the rubble of the presidential palace.
Martelly is scheduled to meet with members of the CC on Monday to go over its recommendations. Currently three names are being floated for replacing Lamothe: Senator Jocelerme Privert, erstwhile interior minister; ex-prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive; and present Finance Minister Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie.
During Lamothe's time in office he earned recognition for his involvement in pivotal infrastructure projects. But rumors and allegations he mis-handled funds for the Petrocaribe Fuel Program, and he spent too much government money to make himself a favored candidate for the presidency in 2016, turned his political supporters against him.