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UN Peacekeepers lose consent of Haiti Senate

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - United Nations peacekeepers have officially over stayed their welcome in Haiti. Two Senate resolutions over the past three years set May 28, 2014 as the deadline for the removal of all forces, but only ten percent of the forces had since withdrawn, leaving more than 9,000 foreign soldiers and police, unwelcomed, in sovereign territory.

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Haiti: Lawmakers rescue Senator "aggressed" by Police

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GRESSIER, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A delegation of lawmakers, both senators and deputies, joined a large crowd of citizens, who were forced into rescuing Senator Jean-Charles Moise, who decried being "aggressed" by police in the town of Gressier, Ouest. The incident took place as a climate of dictatorship had begun settling in Haiti, with elections overdue and stacking for nearly three years.

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Senate President solicits the resignation of President Martelly

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Monday, the President of the National Assembly solicited the President of the Republic to resign from office if elections, overdue since 2011, are not held by year's end.

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Senator Lambert "barbaric" assault of citizen

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JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) admitted to attacking a citizen of the republic, a young activist and student, causing injury and the loss of two teeth, because the citizen called declarations by Lambert, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, lies during a meeting.

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Haiti: Senate hearing with Prime Minister on Arms Purchase

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic will convene the Prime Minister and members of his cabinet on January 29 to obtain answers about the purchase of tens of thousands of automatic rifles and pistols and also to express their discontent with the 2013 report on the works of the Haitian government.

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Haiti: Senator Moise says Aristide ousted him from Fanmi Lavalas

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) has pointed the finger at former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as the orchestrator of the decision to remove him as a member of the Fanmi Lavalas Political Party.

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Haiti: Customs accuses Deputy Belizaire of Smuggling

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Two trucks of unknown cargo came from the Dominican Republic and entered Cite Soleil said the Director General of Customs, Fresnel Jean Baptiste, who accused Deputy Arnel Belizaire (Delmas-Tabarre/ind.) of accompanying the shipments and violently bypassing customs checkpoints on route to a destination unknown.

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"Electoral Council does not exist", says President Desras

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The 7-member "Provisional Electoral Council" has no legal basis. The only national consensus existing for the body sworn in by the defacto-Minister of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, is that it has no credibility. These were the sentiments shared by the President of the National Assembly, Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni), who urges the rapid formation of a Constitutional Provisional Electoral Council to organize overdue elections by year's end.

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'Martelly has no intention of holding elections' says his Senate partisans

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senator of the Republic said the population should not be confused, 'the President of the Republic has no intention of holding elections'. This would not be news if it had not come from Senator Francisco Delacruz (Centre/Alternativ), who is not in the opposition and was a participant in the talks at El Rancho, at which his party signed the controversial accord. Furthermore, Senator Edwin Zenny (Sud-Est/Inite), a steadfast Martelly loyalist, warned the Head of State against his inclination to apply the controversial Article 12 of the controversial El Rancho accord.

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Senators will not vote electoral law, tentative elections doubtful

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The amendments proposed to the electoral law during the talks at El Rancho will not be brought to the floor of the Senate announced Senate President Simon Desras. This means elections that were due to be held in 2011 and 2013 would not be held in 2014, and definetly not the October 26, 2014 date announced by the President of the Republic.

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Legislative sessions not possible in lame duck

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Chamber of Deputies, although in complete control of the National Palace, has not been able to hold any meetings in 2014, marking a deepening lame duck session that began in 2011.

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Haiti: Clash for Presidency in Lower House

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - While the Assembly of Senators (20) voted to maintain the same officers with Senator Simon Desras (Centre/Lavni) at the helm, the Chamber of Deputies failed to meet the conditions, according to one member, required to vote on its officers for 2014.

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Haiti: Reactions registered after talks with Dominican Republic

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Among the reactions registered after the first meeting of the Haiti-Dominican Republic bi-national commission was from the President of the Haitian Senate Justice Committee who considered it unfortunate that the Haitian Prime Minister sat with the Dominican Minister to the Presidency who serves a role of somewhat of secretary.

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Haiti: Senator Moise to meet with Brazil President about Peacekeepers

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean Charles Moise will travel to Brazil in the coming days where he will be hosted by its president Dilma Rousseff. Among topics for discussions include the retreat of the United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti.

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John Kerry is misinformed say Lawmakers

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - John Kerry appears to be misinformed or protecting unshared interests in Haiti, according to some lawmakers and advocates for democracy who reacted to statements the U.S. Secretary of State published to the U.S. Congress, Wednesday in the Federal Register.

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Senate formally calls for CEP based on the Constitution of Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic sent a letter to the National Palace to formally inform the Head of State of the need to hold elections, three years overdue, by the end of 2014. Accordingly, the Senate has proposed the formation of Provisional Electoral Council based on the amended Constitution of Haiti of 1987, Article 289.

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Senator apologizes for assault on citizen

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - After hundreds took the streets in Jacmel and after the filing of a criminal complaint against himself, Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) apologized to his family, colleagues and young victim, Daniel Theodore, whom he broke his jaw causing the loss of teeth.

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Senate, National Palace discuss defunct Superior Court of Auditors

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A meeting, Thursday, between members of the Senate Bureau and the President of the Republic of which discussions were around the defunct Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, did not end well.

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Haiti: Lawmakers protest legitimacy of administration in National Assembly

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators Pierre Francky Exius and Jean-Charles Moise, among other lawmakers, left the National Assembly on Monday in protest against the President and Prime Minister whom they consider having no legitimacy.

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Senator Bien-Aime inquietude on upcoming Haiti, D.R. talks

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime (Nord-Est/Inite), in exercising his control over the executive administration, welcomed the renewed talks with the Dominican Republic, as his Department includes the border towns of Ouanaminthe, which has a high flow of border traffic, but cautioned citizens on the manner and content of the discussions and that they deal with the problem at hand and not on giving more contracts.

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Martelly did not invite Aristide to South Africa, Deputy reproaches

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Learning that President Michel Martelly would be leading a delegation to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Deputy Jules Lyonel Anelus said it was folly for Martelly to not invite former President Jean Bertrand Aristide who spent many years in exile in South Africa and would have been well-received as an effort to unify Haiti.