The President of the Republic of Haiti is the head of state of Haiti. Executive power in Haiti is divided between the president and the government headed by the Prime Minister of Haiti. The current President is Michel Martelly, who took office on May 14, 2011.

Term and election

The qualifications for the presidency are specified by Chapter III Section A (Articles 134 and 135) of the 1987 Constitution of Haiti.

The President is elected to a five-year term by popular vote. The President is not to be elected twice in a row: he may serve a second term only after an interval of five years, and must not run for a third term.[A134]

To be elected President, a candidate must:[A135]

  1. be a native-born Haitian and never renounced that nationality;
  2. have reached the age of 35 by election day;
  3. enjoy civil and political rights and not have been sentenced to death, or penal servitude or the loss of civil rights for a crime of ordinary law;
  4. be the owner of a real property and have one's habitual residence in the country;
  5. reside in the country at least 5 years before election day;
  6. have been discharged of responsibilities if previously handling public funds.

Elections are held on the last Sunday in November in the fifth year of the current president's term. If no candidate receives a majority then a runoff election is held between those two candidates, who have not withdrawn before the runoff, who have the highest number of votes.[A134]

Each presidential term in office begins and ends on the first February 7 after presidential elections are held.

Duties and powers

The qualifications for the presidency are specified by Articles 136 to 147, part of Chapter III Section B of the 1987 Constitution of Haiti. The President has no powers except those accorded to him in the Constitution.[A150]

The Constitution mandates that the President see to: the respect for and enforcement of the Constitution and the stability of the institutions; regular operations of the public authorities; the continuity of the State;[A136] and the nation's independence and the integrity of its territory.[A138]

When there is a majority in Parliament, the President must choose a Prime Minister from the majority party; otherwise, he chooses one after consultation with the two houses of Parliament. In either case, the choice must then be ratified by Parliament. The President terminates the duties of the Prime Minister when the Government resigns.[A137]

The President declares war and negotiates and signs peace treaties with the approval of the National Assembly,[A140] and signs all international treaties, conventions and agreements, submitting them to the National Assembly for ratification.[A139] The President accreditsambassadors and special envoys to foreign powers; receives letters of accreditation from ambassadors of foreign powers; and issueexequaturs to recognize consuls.

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Josh X On Collaborating With Cardi B and On His Career As a Singer-Songwriter

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Josh X is bringing back the man in romance and the love in R&B with his song “Promise”. But his attempt at reviving the sweet R&B of past groups like Hi-Five, Shai didn’t start with that song. The spiritually-focused lush ballad “Heaven on My Mind” has that distinction. Already, the legendary Stevie Wonder has recognized that Josh X has a lot of stuff in his musical pouch. The Brooklyn native has worked with industry Goliaths such as Los Da Mystro, Cardi B., HoodCelebrityy and Swizz Beatz, among others. His EP Amour is somewhat a prelude to greater things in the future.

Kreyolicious: So, you once had this encounter with the legendary Stevie Wonder, and his words to you were: “Continue to carry out the legacy of being a musician that represents real music.” What did it feel like getting these words of wisdom from this musical great? How do you plan on applying his advice?
Josh X: By just being me, it’s important to me. Stevie saw something in me at the time I didn’t even see in myself, and I can never go wrong with just following advice from a icon.

Kreyolicious: You’re from Brooklyn. You ever been to Haiti?
Josh X: I was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens. I haven’t been to Haiti yet. I can’t wait to go. I love my culture so much…the food the music. Even though I was born in [the United States of] America, it amazes me how Haitian I am. [Laughter]
Singer Josh X has worked with Swizz Beatz, Cardi B and Sandro. His Amour EP is highly acclaimed.
Kreyolicious: You collaborated with Cardi B on the song “Heaven’s on My Mind”. How did that teaming come about?
Josh X: Me and Cardi B. are labelmates I believed in her since the very beginning. In fact, I produced the first song she did. I’m so proud of her and everything. I knew back then she was already going to be amazing. “Heaven On My Mind” went top 20 on Billboard and we did it independently.

Kreyolicious: Your mixtape Amour received a great deal of critical acclaim. What inspired the songs on it?
Josh X: Love inspires me stories about true love some I might of personally went through and some of them through others.

Kreyolicious: There’s always a lot of talk about creatives suffering from long down moments and bouts of depression in spite of all their success. How do you keep things in your world upbeat and positive?
Josh X: Through everything about God is what saves me from a day to day hence the title of my first single “Heaven On My Mind”. Without Him, I would be lost especially in this business.

Kreyolicious: You’ve worked with so many figures in the musical industry who are much older than you and more experienced than you. Los Da Mystro, Cardi B., HoodCelebrityy and Swizz Beatz, among others. What have you learned from these veterans.
Josh X: Swizz Beatz taught me a lot. Sitting with that man if you’re not inspired then it’s just not in you.

Kreyolicious: Talk to me about your collaboration with Dro.
Josh X: That’s my brother from another mother we’ve been friends for a while. I worked with him on the record, ‘Love Me’ for his album. When it was time for me to drop my record “Promise”, it definitely made sense. People loved the fusion between the Konpa/R&B.

Kreyolicious: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Josh X: Happy…that’s exactly where I want to be five years from now. Happy doing whatever it is that I love…I’m confident that God’s plan for me will be a great one.

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How 20-Something Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle Created Her Own Niche On The Platform

Haitian American Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle
Bloomfield college graduate and broadcast journalism professional Yvana Romelus is a star on Youtube. She deserves the status. Her videos chronicling her dating life, her fashion sense, and life as a twenty-something in New Jersey has earned her Thee Mademoiselle Youtuber channel more than 400,000 views. Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle talked about the genesis of her channel in Part I of our interview. In Part II that you will read below will discuss her education, and the future of her channel.

Kreyolicious: ​What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​top​ ​three​ ​fave​ ​videos​ ​from​ ​your​ ​channel?
Thee Mademoiselle: I love making my Haitian-related videos. Most of those are my favorite. Other than that I have a few I LOVE! Best Haitian Songs of All Time, Part 1 and Part 2, and Part 3. My story time on African hair salons. The reasons I’m single videos, Part 1 and Part 2.

Kreyolicious: ​Do​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​you’ll​ ​run​ ​out​ ​of​ ​ideas?
Thee Mademoiselle: Sometimes, but usually only storytimes, other than that there is always something to talk s_ about. [Laughter]
Haitian American Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle Youtube
Kreyolicious: Your​ ​parents​ ​know​ ​about​ ​your​ ​channel?
Yea, they don’t watch me, but they know I do “Cinema” as they call it. [Laughter]

Kreyolicious: Of the classes you’ve taken in school, which was the most helpful in helping you launch your business?
Thee Mademoiselle: I graduated college with an undergraduate degree in Communications and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, so basically everything I did in school helped me with my channel from writing, shooting videos and branding. I made sure I went to school for something I would use and want to do for the rest of my life. I think it is important to tie your hobbies and your career/business together so you don’t end up working an endless job or career you are not passionate about. Living life just working a regular job, helping others make money while you are miserable is no way to live, and I made sure I set myself up to overcome that hurdle!

Kreyolicious: What​ ​advice​ ​would​ ​you​ ​give​ ​to​ ​a​ ​newbie?
Thee Mademoiselle: Stop thinking, stop wishing, stop worrying. Do your research, pick a genre, establish some goals and start. The more you dwell, the more time you will waste. If you are not going to be consistent, don’t start at all, be consistent or do not bother. Buy nothing until you know it is something you truly want to do. Do not look at other people and compare yourself to them, it will break you. Establish your own lane and win your own race!
Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle Haitian Americans
Kreyolicious: ​You’ve​ ​been​ ​to​ ​Haiti?
Thee Mademoiselle: Yes when I was 6. I think I may take another trip next summer!

Kreyolicious: ​Where​ ​do​ ​you​ ​envision​ ​yourself​ ​three​ ​years​ ​from​ ​now?
Thee Mademoiselle: Still doing Youtube, hopefully doing more entrepreneurship and owning a media related business of some sort.

[Main Photo Credit: Jessica Demianicz]

CLICK HERE if you missed PART I of the interview with Youtuber Thee Mademoiselle.

CLICK HERE to read about other Youtubers of Haitian descent.

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