Haiti: Senators Threaten to Interpellate Each Member of the Executive

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:09

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Senator Bien-Aime announced on Tuesday, following a resolution of the Council of Ministers to not comply with a senate investigation that "we have invited, now we will convocate and if this is not successful we will interpellate."

Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime (Nord-Est/Inite) said that the commission met following the resolution of the Council of Ministers and will now call up each minister and secretary of state, one-by-one into the senate chambers to deposit their travel documents.

Bien-Aime says that the commission has decided if the individual ministers fail to comply, one-by-one they will face an interpellation. Interpellation hearings are followed by a vote of confidence that can result in the decommission of a prime minister, minister or secretary of state.

The senate commission, investigating the nationalities of members of the executive has resolved to take other measures to respond to the resolution taken by the Council of Ministers on Monday.

Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime
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On February 13th the Council of Ministers were to appear in the senate to deposit their travel documents to the Grand Body as part of its investigation. Rather, the ministers met at the National Palace and resolved to not comply with the senate’s request without an order by a court of justice.

Minister of Public Works Jacques Rousseau has argued, in line with the resolution of the Council of Ministers that, “the passport is not proof of nationality.” Commission Chairman, Senator Joseph Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) says that “the passport is not the only proof of citizenship.” Senate President, Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) recalls the Constitution which says “it is the responsibility of the Senate and Parliament in general to investigate all cases of public interest.”