I inform you that I will begin consultations with the Parliament as soon as possible on the selection of a new Prime Minister

Haiti News FLASH: The PM ignores the vote of no confidence of the deputies and remains in office

Sanctioned Monday by a vote of no confidence in the lower house by 93 votes for 6 votes against and 3 abstention votes Prime Minister Ceant, who was not present at this session, asserts that this vote does not concern him and that he is not an outgoing Prime Minister because he is still Head of Government in office.

Ignoring the 18 March response of President Moise to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies after being informed of the vote of no confidence against his Prime Minister in which he writes "[...] I take note of the decision of the Chamber of Deputies Deputies who dismissed Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant following a motion of censure voted by the Assembly of Deputies with ninety-three (93) votes "for", six (6) "against" and three (3) "abstentions ", during an intyerpellation session held on Monday, March 18, 2019.

I inform you that I will begin consultations with the Parliament as soon as possible on the selection of a new Prime Minister, in accordance with Article 137 of the 1987 Constitution as amended. [...]"

Ceant qualify as illegal and unconstitutional this interpellation session in the lower house which goes against the republican and parliamentary traditions, while he was in the Senate and he informed the President of the Chamber of Deputies of his unavailability. A presence in the Senate that the Prime Minister hastened to have to report by a Justice of Peace, after being informed of the vote of censure by the deputies.

Céant recalls that the interpellation sesion in the Senate was put in continuity Monday around 7:00 pm by Carl Murat Cantave, the President of the Senate and postponed to next Wednesday. The Head of Government who ensures that he will be present Wednesday in the Senate, said he discusses with his team the appropriate response to give the Chamber of Deputies.

Several senators including Youri Latortue downplay the vote of no confidence of the deputies estimating that Jean Henry Céant is still Prime Minister. According to them, the Senate takes precedence in this matter.

Deputies of the minority opposition including Sinal Bertrand, Printemps Bélizaire and Baudelaire Noelsaint denounce a vote of censure, which they describe as illegal.