Haiti Elections 2015 Date Set After Years Of Delays, Months Of Protests-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

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Michel Martelly
Haiti’s President Michel Martelly addressed the audience during the opening ceremony of a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince, Feb. 24, 2015. Reuters

Haiti’s electoral council announced dates Friday for elections the government has delayed for months despite ongoing protests. The nation has operated without its parliament since January, when the governing body dissolved and former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned after elections were not held as scheduled.

Elections will be held Aug. 9 for Haiti’s chamber of deputies and for two-thirds of its senate, according to the BBC. The vote for Haiti’s presidency will follow on Oct. 25, with incumbent President Michel Martelly barred by constitutional law from running for another term.

Haiti has not held elections for its Senate since May 2012, while the municipal vote has not been held in three years. A dispute between Martelly and political opponents in the Senate over election law exacerbated the delay.

Demonstrators have protested against Martelly, the lack of a new election and Haiti’s high fuel prices for months. Haitian police used tear gas on crowds and arrested 20 people who took to Port-au-Prince’s streets last month to protest the exorbitant cost of oil and cost of living.

Similar protests occurred in January, when thousands marched in the capital city to call for Martelly’s resignation after parliament’s dissolution. Martelly attempted to calm the crowds with a vow that he had reached a deal with his political opponents to form a new government within two days, though the deal never materialized. At the time, opposition leaders alleged Martelly purposefully held up elections so that he could continue to rule Haiti by presidential decree, the BBC reported.

The Haitian government said in February that it was unable to lower fuel costs, the profits of which Haiti uses to pay back its $1.5 billion debt to Venezuela. The United Nations and the United States have expressed public support for Martelly’s regime and urged Haiti’s citizens to remain peaceful until elections can be held.


What you see isn’t what you get.

Watch for the “smoke and mirrors” as the Martelly team maneuvers to gain control of Parliament, and the Presidency, along with other offices, such as mayors, throughout the Nation.

Michel Martelly should have worked to complete his term in office, creating a base for the real growth of Democray, Instead, he has abandoned control to his wife, Sophia, and her inner circle of criminals. They are planning to create a Presidency for Lives… Sophia, Olivier, Michel again, and on into the future.
Time to stop and smell the roses.

We now have Max Bellerive, Martelly’s cousin, major thief, and member of the Dominican Republic’s secret service declaring for the Presidency.

Haiti really needs a competent hand on the steering wheel.

What we need is Laurent Lamothe.


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