The National Assembly session scheduled for today will not take place. At the end of the senatorial conference, the committee chairmen decided to set up a senate commission of five members from the opposition, the president's own party, and independents with a mandate to discuss with President Michel Martelly, before taking any parliamentary act.
The decision to put in place a committee came after the failure of the National Assembly session on Monday, January 5th, where parliament was suppose to come to an agreement with President Michel Martelly to organize the overdue elections and to ratify a new head of government.
However, 18 senators continue to question the validity of the agreement signed by three branches of government on December 29th, despite all the consensus made by President Michel Martelly, such as the extension of the Senate terms which would have expired on January 12, 2015. They say that the agreement is riddled with irregularities.
In the document that will be forwarded to the president, the senators disapprove the signing of the agreement by the chairman of the supreme council, Anel Alexis Joseph, whom the opposition had demanded the departure in a previous resolution.
Many legislators, even some who support the president, admit that certain clauses in the agreement are inapplicable and, in addition, the deadline of January 12 allotted to parliament to endorse a national assembly is too short.
The senators also do not support the nomination of Evans Paul as the next Prime Minister of the country, saying that his nomination was made unilaterally. They agree however that at this point the country must be endowed as quickly as possible with a head of a consensus government.
Moreover, the senators present at this conference rejected the item on the vote of the National Education Fund (FNE) contained in the menu convening Parliament to the extraordinary.
The executive, they believe must provide explanations on the expenditure already incurred in this fund.
Once these concerns are clarified, parliament will convey a National Assembly to ratify the general policy statement of a prime minister, voting on amendments to the electoral law, among others.