#PetroCaribeChallenge: When thousands of Haitians take Twitter by storm to denounce corruption in Haiti

August 20, 2018

Where is the Petro Caribe money? That is the question thousands of Haitians on social media have been collectively asking since this weekend, under the #petrocaribechallenge hashtag.

Some six weeks after violent protest erupted in Haiti over the decision of the government to end fuel subsidies, causing fuel prices to skyrocket by 38-51% Haitians are already organizing a massive protest, this time on social media to hold public figures responsible for the spending of the so called Petrocaribe funds.

Breaking News: Three killed during violent protest in Haiti against the increase of gas prices

The administration of Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been rocked by the scandal of corruption in funds management of PetroCaribe; a loan program launched by late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, in 2016, that benefits many Latin American and Caribbean countries. Funds from the savings of oil brought from Venezuela under the preferential terms of Petrocaribe amounted to more than $3 billion in the period of 2010- 2016,  after a year long analysis, the Haitian Senate’s Ethic commission found that most of that money had been “ “wasted mismanaged, embezzled” in what the report concluded was “essentially a large scale state fraud.”   

Most of those pinned in the now infamous PetroCaribe Corruption report are mostly former officials during the 2010-2015 Michel Martelly Presidency, including two former Primer Ministers: Jean Max Bellerive and Laurent Lamothe. As well as then Minister of Finance, Wilson Laleau, President  Jovenel Moise's brother in law whom now serves as his Chief of staff. Jovenel Moise was handpicked by Martelly as his successor.

Haitian President says he fights corruption while chief of staff and secretary are accused of embezzlement

Like all viral post on social media, it all began with one tweet from @klibmapou:

“I am challenging all consequent Haitians

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Within hours #petrocaribechallenge started trending on twitter and soon took a life of its own, where not just officials where called out, but well known and influential artists of all kinds who publicly supported the government and allegedly benefited from the PetroCaribe money were denounced, and openly challenged to take part of the bandwagon denouncing corruption. Refusing meant admission of guilt.

Government officials are still nowhere to be found on Facebook, Twitter nor Instagram, platforms they usually use daily to make all sort of announcements. President Jovenel Moise sent one tweet Sunday evening regarding the asphalting of road and he was immediately trolled.

But soon, the President might have no choice as it seems this "movement" will spill over into the streets.

Could this truly be it? The last drop that overflows the vase of corruption in Haiti?

Salaries and privileges of Judges in Haiti: A web of deep corruption

August 17, 2018
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Differences in salaries, privileges and benefits between justices of the peace, judges of first instance, judges of the court of appeal, judges of the Court of Cassation and members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ ) are simply hallucinating. Under cover of anonymity, an influential judge in the judicial system decided to unpack everything,(almost) finally, to the Nouvelliste.

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Nominated Haitian Prime Minister submits his documents to Parliament

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The nominated Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant made Friday the deposit of his documents, first in the Senate, then in the Chamber of Deputies, as part of his march towards the Primature.

It was almost noon when the nominated Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant landed aboard a white Land Cruiser, escorted by his bodyguards, at the Bicentennial. The man, a blue suit, a navy blue tie with purple stripes, a serene face, which did not let go a smile, sobered a few hand salutes at the address of some e...

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Haitian President appoints Jean Henry Céant as Prime Minister

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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse announced on Sunday the appointment of Jean Henry Céant, a 61-year-old notary public, as prime minister, following the fall of the predecessor as a result of massive protest demonstrations.

Moïse proceeded to the appointment three weeks after the revolts against the increase in the prices of fuels and after two days of intense negotiations with the presidents of the two chambers of parliament.

"After consultations with the presidents of the two branches of par...

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The search of a new Prime minister in Haiti continues after failed talks between President Moise and heads of Parliament

August 5, 2018

The consultations between the President of the Republic and the presidents of the two chambers of the Haitian Parliament that would make it possible to know this Saturday the name of the next Prime Minister have not resulted in the choice of the successor of Jack Guy Lafontant.

Guests at the National Palace this Saturday, August 4 by the Head of State, the President of the Senate, Joseph Lambert and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau could not agree on the replacement of Jack ...

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Breaking News: Haitian President will soon reveal his next Prime Minister, following the resignation of Lafontant in the middle of a crisis

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The name of Haiti’s next Prime Minister will be known later today, according to Gary Bodeau, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, whom confirmed the news during an interview with the local Radio Metropole on Friday.

Haiti has been without a Prime Minister for nearly three weeks, following the resignation of Jack Guy Lafontant, on June 14, in the middle of a crisis which started after his government decided to end fuel subsidies causing costs to rise by more than 50%. Violent protests, r...

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UN Secretary General appoints new Special Representative for Haiti

August 1, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Helen Meagher La Lime of the United States as his Special Representative for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).

Ms. La Lime will succeed Susan D. Page of the United States, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and effective leadership of MINUJUSTH.

Susan D Page is no longer UN Secretary General Special Representative in Haiti


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How much cost a Senator in Haiti?

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The senator, in the...

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How much cost a deputy in Haiti?

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The question of how much a Deputy costs the Treasury and the attempts to respond to it have been burning the social networks since the 50th Parliament took office. Even today, the question remains unanswered and the many answers are increasingly blurred since they emanate so far, from no official source. Faced with this lack of information, Le Nouvelliste has investigated certain parliamentary sources to better highlight the famous benefits to our elected officials and thereby enrich the curr...

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Doctors Without Borders closed major mother-child hospital in Haiti

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Amid the socioeconomic and political crisis, pregnant women have now a new inconvenience, because Doctors without Borders (MSF) closed its mother-child hospital, so the project will be gradually dismantled in Haiti.

The institution was inaugurated in 2011, a year after the earthquake that killed some 300,000 people and displaced 500,000, in order to assist pregnant women suffering from complications like preeclampsia, eclampsia, obstetric hemorrhages and other problems.

‘Knowing that the situ...

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