PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – On Tuesday, Dr. Maryse Narcisse received the nomination of the Fanmi Lavalas political party to run for the President of the Republic of Haiti in 2015.
At a meeting for “candidates for nomination”, the party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide party officially designated Narcisse on Tuesday confirmed party leaders, Dr. Louis Gérald Gilles and Dr. Schiller Louidor during the popular 4PM news broadcast on Radio Kiskeya.
Confirmation of the choice of the coordinator of Fanmi Lavalas, Maryse Narcisse to the position of presidential candidate of the party coincides with the birthday of the national representative organization of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Narcisse is the National Coordinator of Fanmi Lavalas and has faced her share of controversy as party leader, recently sanctioning influential activists such as Senator Jean Charles Moise and Deputy Arnel Belizaire and refraining from “extremist” positions that many members hold against the Martelly administration.
A fissure in the Fanmi Lavalas party still exists weakening it to the second placed popular political party in Haiti behind former President Rene Preval’s Inite Party. Observers have declared that the party has been taken over by “bourgeois makoutise” personalities, denouncing Narcisse’s close relationship with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti and other leaders who are members of the private sector.
Dr. Narcisse is a medical doctor and long-time advocate for democracy in Haiti. She has been in the forefront of efforts to provide community-based health care and education for all Haitians.
Exiled to Miami after the coup d’etat in 2004 that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Narcisse became personal spokesperson for President Aristide and was instrumental in creating an international voice for the Lavalas movement. She returned to Haiti in 2006, after the election of President Rene Preval, to continue her efforts to restore democracy.