Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 Under: Haiti's Political Crisis
Although the country's streets have been mostly calm since Michel Martelly stepped down as president at the end of his term, the political crisis in Haiti is far from over.
Martelly resigned at the end of his constitutional term, after reaching a last-minute agreement with the Haitian Parliament, overseen by the OAS, on the mechanics of selecting a provisional government, which will have the daunting task of organizing the four-year-delayed elections in no more than 120 days; without the possibility of a mandate extension.
The opposition has already rejected the method chosen by Parliament to elect the temporary leader. A group of eight opposition say that parliamentarians were elected in the same contaminated election and should not choose the interim administration. They demand that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Haiti be named interim president as per the previous version of the Haitian Constitution of 1987, before amendment.
Many agree that parliamentarians should not be judge and party at the same time, they want the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of of the country to be elected to the position, but the mandate of this one has expired in December.
Protesters have been on the streets of Port-au-Prince since, against this last-minute deal that gave power to parliament to elect an interim president.
The OAS, which today congratulated itself for its "hard" work that "solved the crisis," may soon realize that It had spoken too soon.
No one should think that this crisis is close to being completed and Michel Martelly will not be to blame; this time, Parliament is solely responsible.
Members of the recently sworn in parliament, including the presidents of both chambers, have designated themselves as candidates for the temporary presidency in an election where only those with 500,000 gourdes, or some $ 8,000; was part of a political party that had a member elected in the Assembly, among other strange terms; could be considered for the position.
This Friday, February 12 at noon, acceptance for the position ended. Only three of the applicants had paid the $ 8,414 filing fees before the deadline. Including Jocelerme Privert, President of the Senate.
Senate President Jocelerme Privert who negotiated the agreement with Martelly on behalf of Parliament, now gave himself the opportunity to be placed as temporary president. The election of an interim president has become a fierce battle for a 120 days power.
Parliament was convened in National Assembly today to elect the new president, who will take office the following day. The winner must receive 47 votes in the Lower Chamber and 13 in the Senate to win.
Whoever wins will have the difficult task of organizing the election on April 24 to elect a new president to be sworn in May 14.