SAINT MICHEL de l’ATTALAYE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Among a sea of people nearing ten thousand, former Senator Jean-Charles Moïse launches campaign for president of Haiti in the Artibonite town of Saint Michel de l’Attalaye on Sunday.
Despite the swell of popular support, the nominee for Pitit Dessalines #28 faces an uphill climb in an electoral apparatus funded by the international community and under the heavy hand of the Martelly administration.
Moïse came onto the national scene as a vehement opponent to the Martelly regime beginning with its intention to establish a paramilitary force outside the law and in a clandestine fashion.
As Senator of the North, he denounced corruption, immorality and the military politico-social occupation of Haiti by the international community.
It is these very battles that have political analysts questioning the possibility of Moïse prevailing in an election funded by the international community, administered by the embattled Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont and an environment controlled by the Martelly administration.
Jean-Charles Moïse was born in Milot (North), Haiti on April 20, 1967. Educated in accounting and communications, he was elected to three terms as Mayor of Milot, serving from 1994-2004.
Moïse has represented the Lespwa and Inite parties of former President Rene Preval but still considers himself a Lavalassienne.
He was elected to the Senate on June 21, 2009 and was:
- Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Rural Development Committee
- Member of the Senate Foreign Affairs and External Cooperation Committee
- Member of the Senate Finance, Economy, Tourism, trade and Industry Committee
- Member of the Senate Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Fishing and Planning Committee
Saint Michel de l’Attalye
Saint-Michel-de-l’Attalaye (Haitian Creole: Sen Michèl Latalay; Spanish: San Miguel de la Atalaya) is acommune in the Marmelade Arrondissement, in theArtibonite Department of Haiti. It has 95,216 inhabitants. It is the second largest city geographically after Port-au-Prince, the national capital.
Located in the Central Plateau, St Michel is home to several large Christian churches including one which has been there for over 50 years.
It is a scenic locale, surrounded by rich farmland, abundant water resources and distant mountain peaks in every direction. There are excellent schools which are privately funded and a current small residential development outside of the main town area which is near completion which was originally sponsored by the central government.
There is a new joint venture nearing completion with a Taiwanese partner that plans to bring bamboo crafts and goods manufacturing skills training to the local people.
The area is one of the least prone to earthquakes according to local government expertise. There was a new city hall built in Summer 2011.