Here is a picture of Jocelerme Privert, Senator of the Nippes Department.
Jocelerme Privert (born February 1, 1954), a native of Petit-Trou de Nippes, is one of the ten Senators in office since the Senate became defunct in January 2015. He is one of the most experienced persons in the Haitian political landscape who had assumed several esteemed portfolios like, the former Director General of Taxation, Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities, an interior minister under Aristide, State Secretary for Finance and an advisor of President Rene Preval. On January 14, 2016, he has been elected as the President of the Senate by defeating Youri Latortue from Ayiti An Aksyon (AAA). There are currently 24 sitting members of Haiti's 30-seat upper house. Privert (INITE) obtained 15 votes, there were seven abstentions and two Senators (Sen. Youri Latortue, an adviser to Martelly, who withdrew himself from the President of the Senate contest and another Senator) left the chambers before the vote. Privert has mentioned his prioritized areas of work as President. They are: a permanent Electoral Council, picking the next head of the PNH, a Constitutional Court, and board of the Central Bank.
Here is a picture of Haiti First Ladt, Sophia Saint Remy Martelly. She was born in New York City but decided to run for a senate seat in Haiti
The First Lady Sophia Saint Remy Martelly was born in New York, USA. On the last day of submitting nominations for contesting to be elected to the Senate, she has registered her candidacy for the seat on behalf of her husband's center-right liberal "Tèt Kale Party (PHTK)". Her friends often term her as "the power behind the throne" while her enemies describe her as "iron lady." However, Article 96 (1) of the Haitian constitution may put a stop to all her moves on the presidency issues. The related provision reads like that......" To be elected to the Senate, a person must be a native born Haitian and never have renounced his nationality". She renounced her Haitian citizenship in 1989, because then she used to spend more time in U.S and before 2011, dual citizenship was not permitted in the Haitian constitution. She has registered her nomination, perhaps purposely, on the final day so that it just leaves 3 days before the Department Electoral Offices (BEDs) to receive and review any complaints or objections on the candidacies and publish the names of the approved candidates on May 1. It is a big issue before the BED to decide its credibility.
Who will control the Haitian Senate, Simon Dieuseul Desras or Andris Riché?
When Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras won the court case that saw him reappointed to his seat earlier this month, he might not have anticipated that his return to presidency of the senate would also be a fight. The sitting senate president, however, Andris Riche, is not prepared to give the position up easily. Riche has said the senate will wait for a decision from the State, a decision that Desras has made plain could only be waged by an appeal of the Court's order, which is a provisional decision.
Haiti will never stop surprising you and the reinstatement of Mr. Simon Dieuseul Desras as Senator of the Republic of Haiti is just another one.
The Haitian Senator was dismissed in January 2015 with nine other senators when their term expired. However on February 10, a Haitian court overturned his dismissal
He is expected to return to his function as President of the Senate immediately
Upon being reinstated to the post of Senate President, Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras took the time to comment on certain happenings in the country, which the senate, though now with 11 members, will be powerless to change other than through voicing its opinion. In that vein, Senator Desras started talking about the multiple strikes and demonstrations taking place across the country. There is the protesting of students of agronomy at the Ministry of Agriculture, the issue of the new gas and diesel prices, and the continued delay in elections.
Here is a picture of the six Haitian Senators who have been in opposition to Michel Martelly
The famous six includes: Senator Westner Polycarpe, Senator Moise Jean Charles, Senator Pierre Francky Exius, Senator Jean Baptiste Bien-Aime, Senator Jean William Jeanty and Senator John Joel Joseph
These six senators are also in complete opposition to the El Rancho agreement reached between the Executive government, the Legislative and other sectors of the Haitian society
The upper house of the bicameral legislature, the Senate, currently holds 30 seats. But, before the 2003 formation of the Nippes Department, the Senate had just 27. In the memorable 2000 elections, the Fanmi Lavalas party, that of the ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, held all but one of those seats. Following his administration's ousting in February of 2004, Senate was not in session and an interim government was installed after the subsequent rebellion. During that period, those Senators who remained were not recognized as such.
Thirty seats make up the Haitian Senate, the National Assembly's upper house, and the ten administrative departments each seat three members there. In the past, senate presidents have included, Dejean Belizaire, Edgard Gardy Leblanc, Yvon Neptune, who sat for two years from 2000 to 2002, Yvon Feuille who gave up the seat in 2004, Joseph Lambert, whose tenure lasting for only months during 2006, and Kely Bastien, the current president of the senate.
Report of the Special Senate Committee, responsible for investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph. After hearing many personalities mentioned in this case, the Senate Commission of Inquiry concluded that all concerned including the President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, the Minister of Justice Jean-Renel Sanon are liars. The Commission is convinced that there was in fact a meeting which was held on July 11, 2013, at the Chambers of Garry Lissade.
Recommendation: "The Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice are charged and removed of their function" "Impeach the Head of State for crime of High Treason"
Here is a picture of the new pre-fabricated homes where the new Haitian parliament will be located until a more permanent one will be built. Edmond Mulet handed pre-fabricated Temporary Haitian Parliament Building to Kelly Bastien.
The pre-fabricated Haitian parliament offers much more comforts to the Haitian law makers. The houses are air-conditioned and provide adequate space to conduct the businesses of the country
Here is a picture of the plan to rebuild the Haitian Parliament. The cost to rebuild the Haitian Parliament is estimated at 33-34 million with funding provided by IMF.
It is also estimated to create close to three hundred jobs in the process. Work will statr in January 2012 and completion is scheduled for January 2015.