3 thoughts on “Lettre du 56eme President Michel Joseph Martelly

  1. Port-au-Prince, April 15, 2016

    His excellence
    Mr. Jocelerme PRIVERT
    Provisional President
    National Palace

    Mr. Provisional President,

    Two months after the end of my term and after having negotiated and signed with you, in your capacity as President of the Senate, together with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, a end of the crisis agreement, the country is threatened by a deeper crisis than I wanted to avoid.

    Indeed, by signing this agreement, I wanted to avoid a political crisis in the country after the coup of 22 January 2016 and contribute to the exercise of democracy; it is in this spirit that I left office on the date provided by the Constitution, by assuring me, as it was planned, that power is transmitted, May 14, 2016, to a legitimate President, coming from elections.

    Do I still remind you, Mr. Provisional President, that this agreement was written by you, according to your own terms and conditions and you are, subsequently, become the main beneficiary, directly responsible for its implementation?

    It is inconceivable that after two consecutive life presidencies, which lasted thirty years the country not succeed, thirty years later, to hold elections which are not the subject of dispute and that it is always useful to refer to the arbitration of the international community to decide. This finding shocks both domestic observers and foreign.

    It is abnormal that some Haitian politicians resort to every stratagems, as best they can to prevent the holding of elections and that we offers the world the sad spectacle than all of them were motivated only by personal and petty interests. Many of those who have shown themselves hostile to the holding of elections have been appointed in the transitional government that they want to convert to definitive government without recourse to the ballot box, using every artifice. The new deal consists in separating amicably, buddy buddies, the executive power with senators, as a sort of war booty that is separated between winners officers. The Senate is rendered almost dysfunctional today because to the senators are offered administrative functions as a reward – the Senators leaving Parliament to become ministers. This approach will not hold the road, Mr. provisional President.

    The current Government is given an extensive agenda even unlimited which in no way corresponds to its mandate, circumscribed in the agreement signed between you and me 5 February 2016. This approach will not help resolve the crisis, it will rather worsen it.

    It is urgent to start the organization process of the second round of presidential elections and that a legitimate government is in place on time. It would be reasonable that we stop using subterfuge to nibble a few months the mandates of elected to unmentionable purposes. The country will not benefit from the repetition of this situation consisting in this practice to want to replace a constitutional government by a provisional government, and the postponement of regulatory elections sine die to allow a certain time of management to this provisional government. I would like to know the motivation… Such a situation will continue to increase insecurity and taint the country’s image in the eyes of our partners- of course those who have no interest in this situation… This is the main reason that led me to choose, among all the options, to sign the agreement of February 5 and left on February 7 following.

    The strategists of this government, who believe themselves alone on the planet, establish persecution in all its forms to achieve their ends. Their main program is called the “demartellisation”. This program consists of humiliate my former colleagues and paradoxically, the same people who accompanied me to the last days of my mandate. This way of doing demonstrating the incoherence and inconsistency of these persecutions that undermine democracy and destroy the democratic spirit. A first tactic was to accuse them of things they are completely unrelated, that no one has established. When they consider having to defend, they are directly threatened, accused of challenging the statements of President and deprived of their freedom of movement. A Government Commissioner, former deputy of the people, who is not judge the accounts of officials and of “Grands commis” of the State, begins by establishing a departure ban list before even hearing his victims or having seen records that would be attributable to them.

    I believe in the necessity of any administrator of the State to account for its management, however if justice is blind, it must not be blinded.

    That the nation beware and remains vigilant for the necessary and vital fight against corruption does not provide an opportunity to commit glaring injustices, even in the name of reason of State, otherwise as was so well said the President René Préval, in a similar situation “few honest citizens, competent and serious will accept to put themself at the service of their country by persuading themselves that the State can not be inhabited by malevolent and mediocre” (sic)

    I have not signed the agreement of February 5 to encourage the violation of individual rights. How many times it happened to you, Mr. provisional President, to pronounce you in areas that are not yours, in denial of prerogatives and responsibilities of legally constituted institutions. By stating for example, more than once, to the members of PHTK that their presidential candidate is ranked in 5th position while you are not member of the Electoral Council ! Who do you want to rank in first place, Mr. President ?

    I invite you patriotically to surpass and to get away from the siren song, because the singers do not know the pain nor the responsibilities of aPresident of the Republic. They believe that everything is possible for him. Woe to a president who thinks he can do everything. The only recourse for a head of State face of these situations, it is the law; it must have constantly recourse to the law. This saved me many distractions even if it left me enmities within my own camp. Anyway, there is a choice to make. There are a lot of ways. I chose to see things with height without guile. We must leave time of dictatorships and political violence behind us and give up to want to control the power by all means, at the risk of keeping the country in the indignity and deprivation of its citizens.

    If we want to work towards the establishment of democracy in Haiti, we must devote in a determined and serious manner, with all our force, with all our being and all our mind, so the temptation to go in the opposite direction is important. The only guarantee is the respect of our institutions.

    It is in this sense that I had chosen to visit all former Heads of State living in the country. This decision was not unanimous around me. But my will to gather all the elites and all the forces of the country had dictated it to me. I did it to reassure. During my administration, political freedoms peaked, the press, the paroxysm of freedom. My ministers were speaking freely and I never found any harm to the expression of contrary positions. I was not the chief but the coordinator. I never considered myself the judge of the acts of my predecessors or their ministers. I was not forced to walk on their paths, I could return to some of their decisions, without trying to put them into question. Because the Constitution, which must be our compass, fixed the responsibility of each and every institution. On my desk and my bedside table, there was always a copy of the Constitution. A President of the Republic should never be tired of reading and rereading the Constitution.

    I know you know the text by heart. It is assigned to you, rightly or wrongly, a thorough knowledge of administrative matters. I encourage you to read and reread the Constitution, our administrative laws, texts of administrative and civil proceedings every day and not to deviate from them, as I implore you, for the good of the country, not to deviate from the text of the Agreement of 5 February we signed. The motherland will be grateful. So your dream will be fulfilled, your wishes fulfilled. You will have gained esteem and respect in the eyes of Haitians and international partners engaged with us in the redemption of the country. The History will testify you as a great patriot… Before you, others have tried to go in the opposite direction of History, they all regretted.

    The events of recent days have motivated me to write this letter. I do it with all humility and in a patriotic fervor, while there is still time. My patriotism command me to recommend you not to yield to the temptation of those who will not wait for the second cock-crow to drop you.

    Please accept, Mr. provisional President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

    Michel Joseph Martelly
    56th President of the Republic of Haiti


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