The President of the Republic of Haiti has decided to convene Parliament in extraordinary session. A measure that was part of the agreement signed on December 29 between Michel Martelly and the presidents of both houses of Parliament. MPs and Senators will therefore meet on Monday 5 January in Port-au-Prince and the agenda of their meeting was the least loaded.
From our correspondent in Port-au-Prince,
The first item on the agenda is the vote of the electoral law. The polls to elect mayors, local councilors, MPs and senators were not organized in Haiti since 2011, so the election schedule defined by the Constitution is no longer valid. An amendment to the electoral law is necessary.
The first item on the agenda is already a problem for some, since, according to the Constitution, the text of the electoral law should be prepared by the electoral council. But today, this administration does not exist, because by signing the agreement on December 29, Michel Martelly and the presidents of both Houses of Parliament agreed to the creation of a new electoral council.
Given the urgency of the situation, with more than three-year delay in organizing elections, MPs will probably still vote this law even if it is sprained Constitution.
Vote of confidence in the new Prime Minister
Prime Minister Paul Evans (here, 23 February 2005, holding a press conference as opposition leader) .AFP PHOTO / JAIME RAZURI
Second item on the agenda, MPs and senators are expected to ratify the policy statement of the Prime Minister. After the resignation of the government of Laurent Lamothe Chief, Michel Martelly has appointed a new Prime Minister, Paul Evans. Ten days after the appointment, parliamentarians are meeting convened to validate this choice.
Paul Evans is going to report to Parliament on Monday for a confidence vote in both chambers. By appointing a former journalist, representative of the moderate opposition, and major figure of the political class for over twenty years, Michel Martelly has demonstrated consensus. But then again there are voices in the ranks of parliamentarians. Paul Evans' personality is not criticized for the post of prime minister was welcomed by a large majority. But this choice has not done in consultation with the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, consultations are, again, required by the Constitution.
Controversy over the National Education Fund
The discussions so heated announced in Parliament and it seems especially complicated as the Law on National Education Fund was passed as required by the agenda. It is a text which holds enormous President Michel Martelly, so he enrolled in the agenda of the extraordinary parliamentary session.
This law aims to endorse the creation of two new taxes on international calls and money transfers from abroad. These taxes would provide for the free education program launched by Michel Martelly, a policy for the benefit of Haitian youth, the pride of the president.
But this law has been outstanding for his writing ... in 2011. Parliament has always refused to debate this text in session as the elected upstream demand to know how much money has been placed in this Fund for Education and if a portion of that money, placed at the Central Bank, was eventually spent. This information has not been provided to Parliament, today's session promises to be eventful and rather than to calm the situation, it is very likely to increase tension between the executive and the legislature.