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years set May 28, 2014 as the deadline for the removal of all forces, but only ten percent of the forces had since withdrawn, leaving more than 9,000 foreign soldiers and police, unwelcomed, in sovereign territory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.