ARISTIDE ATTEMPT ON PRIME MINISTER LAURENT LAMOTHE FAILS AS PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS AND VIOLENCE FAIL AND HIS TAME SENATORS LOSE THEIR VOTE TO UNSEAT LAMOTHE

June 4, 2013
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June 4, 2013

It was a marathon session, starting at 11 AM and continuing on into the late evening.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe did his best to defend – at times – the indefensible. Much of the senators’ questioning dealt with challenges that occurred before he took office. In fact, many of his opponents showed  sympathy for his position as they aimed criticisms at some of those very close to President Michel Martelly. While not mentioned by name, it was obvious that they referred to First Lady Sophia Martelly who has  been called into court over what some see as questionable financial dealings.

The Aristide Plan is a two-step one that sees Lamothe removed, leaving Martelly highly vulnerable. In fact, had Aristide been successful today, he believed that Martelly would be an easy target.  Aristide believed he could derail Martelly around school-opening time.

Now that Prime Minister Lamothe has survived, he must be allowed to select a new and effective Cabinet made up of people who can do the job and not those who are friends of the government. We are in a time of crisis and consideration must be given to select on the basis of ability, and nothing else.

The Cabinet is not a place where someone gets his/her first experience in business or public life. It is no place for amateurs.

As Senator Moise Jean-Charles said, during the day, more attention should be focused upon planting things to meet the hunger challenge.

Education and Security were President Martelly’s original promises and he should spend some of his attention on making these promises come true.

The first day, of the new approach, should start tomorrow and be aimed at making the last three years of the Martelly presidency a special one.

The past is past.

The future is what counts and we should waste no more time on stupid arguments.

As someone once said: “Let he who hath no sin cast the first stone
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Everyone, in this game, is guilty of something.

Let’s all pull together and help Laurent Lamothe make a success of the next three years.

4 Responses to “ ARISTIDE ATTEMPT ON PRIME MINISTER LAURENT LAMOTHE FAILS AS PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS AND VIOLENCE FAIL AND HIS TAME SENATORS LOSE THEIR VOTE TO UNSEAT LAMOTHE ”

  1. Jean-Robert Chevrier on June 6, 2013 at

    Much of the Government of Haiti’s (“GOH”) failure a few days ago was self inflicted. Laurent Lamothe is normally very prepared, but for some unexplained reason, he dropped the ball. As the PM, like it or not, the buck stops with him and decisions will be made.

    On to the Cabinet…Heads must roll. As part of the PM’s team, each head of Ministry should have had detailed explanations at the ready for ANY question thrown at them by the Senate. This includes having a team of staffers available physically, by telephone and via email to provide supporting documentation in real time. All of the information should have been right there at their fingertips; anything less in my mind is unacceptable.

    Clearly, the Ministers failed in supporting their boss and changes need to be made. We can’t (and shouldn’t) change the quarterback, but the linemen need to go.

    Laurent will be criticized for yet another cabinet reshuffle, but he has no room for error at this juncture. The team desperately needs a big win and they need a capable team to make that happen. A large private investment or some sort of Public Private Partnership that creates thousands of jobs is the only way this government will stay in power.

    Barring that, I see Jean Bertrand Aristide and his team of Lavalas thugs being elected into a majority in the Senate and Parliament, with JBA ultimately becoming PM.

  2. El Che on June 8, 2013 at

    I totally agree with Jean Robert Chevrier’s Comment

  3. Elizar D on June 8, 2013 at

    Have to agree with you there too.

  4. Omega on June 9, 2013 at

    Nice article