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China urges international community to help Haiti hold second round presidential eletion

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 18, 2016, In : Diplomacy 



A Chinese envoy to the United Nations Thursday called on the international community to help Haiti hold the second round of presidential election on schedule.

"We must do all we can to facilitate the holding of the election on schedule," Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, told the UN Security Council.

The second round of presidential election is scheduled for April 24 and a new government is expected to come into being in May.

"We hope these processes will bring new opportuni...

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Breaking News: Tanker tuck explosion killed 7 in Hinche, Haiti

Posted by AFP on Friday, March 18, 2016, In : Haiti Breaking News 
A tanker truck explosion killed at least seven people and seriously injured about 30 others on Thursday in Haiti.

The incident took place in Hinche, a town located about 110 kilometres northeast of Port-au-Prince.

A witness told AFP that the tanker truck hit a wall, spilling gasoline. The truck was getting in place to unload at a Total service station. The flammable liquid spread, catching alight when it reached vendors cooking food on outdoor grills, according to Times Live reports.

“I saw pe...

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3 suspects, including 11 years old killed during police operations

Posted by metropoleHaiti on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, In : Security 



The security forces conducted this past weekend several sweeps that netted some dangerous criminals.

The Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers, confirmed that two Martissant gang leaders were killed. Priest Jean the Baptiste was killed in clashes with security forces in the streets Christophe Channel, south of Carrefour. His brother Wilson Jean Baptiste was also killed in clashes between gangs in Mariani.

The brothers Jean Baptiste, known as Leconte, terrorized Martissant 2 residents in the last mon...

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UN calls on Haiti to address prison overcrowding and pre-trial detention

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, March 5, 2016, In : Law 
 

Haiti has made important steps towards the promotion and protection of human rights but some challenges exist regarding the judicial system, the excessive use of force by state agents and the situation of people returned or deported to Haiti by the Dominican authorities, according to a United Nations report on the human rights situation in that country.

The report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), covering the period from July 2014 to June 2015, highlights ad...

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Haiti imported 400.000 tons of rice from the United States in 2015

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Crimes 



While being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has always been one of the top five export destinations for American rice. Last year, over 400,000 tonnes of long-grain white rice was exported there - an amount that is 12 percent higher from 2014.

Using the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) USA Rice conducts promotions nationwide, targeting consumers and importers / US rice traders.

"USA Rice is one of the few, if not the only trade association conducting promotional activities i...

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Breaking News: 22 people die from alcohol poisoning in Port-au-Prince

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Health 





The Haitian government warns against the consumption of adulterated ethanol which has already caused the deaths of 22 people. These cases reported by hospitals including the Haitian State University Hospital (HUEH). Parliamentarians and relatives of victims ensure that the number of deaths is much higher.

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, George Dubuche, informs that analyzes are being performed in laboratory to identify the causes of this tragedy.

Almost all cases of deaths were ...

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Breaking News: Fritz Alphonse Jean, designated as Prime Minister

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 26, 2016, In : Haiti Breaking News 



Interim President of Haiti Jocelerme Privert announced the appointment of his new government Prime Minister: Jean Fritz Alphonse; economist and former head of the National Bank of Haiti.


The new prime minister was chosen some 12 days after the interim President was elected by parliament with a 120 days mandate to complete the electoral process.

It is expected that the new prime minister will soon benefit from a parliamentary confidence vote.

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Haiti's interim president will designate prime minister today

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 19, 2016, In : Interim Government 

Today, the interim president of Haiti will appoint a new prime minister with a mission to do everything necessary to complete the electoral process twice canceled due to allegations of fraud and violence. Confirmed the office of the president.

The Prime Minister has not yet been appointed, and there is already an obstacle to his appointment however.

According to Article 137 of the Haitian Constitution, the appointment of a Prime Minister is made in consultation with the presidents of both house...

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Breaking News: Jocelerme Privert selected as interim President of Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, February 14, 2016, In : Elections 



The parliament of Haiti today met in National Assembly to elect an interim president.

The meeting was supposed to take place at 11:00 AM, but did not start until 4 PM since most members were not present at the time; leading many to speculate that the vote was about to be boycotted.

After some 7 hours of intense debate, a vote was finally set up to choose the interim president from the three candidates who were selected: Jocelerme Privert, Edgard Leblanc Fils and Dejean Bélizaire

Jocelerme Prive...

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Crisis is far from being over in Haiti, and Martelly is not to blame this time

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, February 13, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
Although the country's streets have been mostly calm since Michel Martelly stepped down as president at the end of his term, the political crisis in Haiti is far from over.

Martelly resigned at the end of his constitutional term, after reaching a last-minute agreement with the Haitian Parliament, overseen by the OAS, on the mechanics of selecting a provisional government, which will have the daunting task of organizing the four-year-delayed elections in no more than 120 days; without the possi...

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Police officer brutally murdered in Martissant

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 12, 2016, In : Crimes 




A police officer was brutally murdered early this morning in Martissant 7 a densely populated town in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

On the way to work on his motorcycle, David Dumé was ambushed by a group of armed men who opened fire on him.

The perpetrators of this heinous crime immediately fled, leaving the lifeless body of the young officer in a pool of blood. The fact that his motorcycle and his belongings were not stolen after, leads many to believe he was executed.

This one is the late...

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Haiti's interim president will be elected February 14

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, In : Elections 

The Haitian National Assembly will elect the provisional president of Haiti on February 14, a week after Michel Martelly left office after completing his term without having chosen his successor because of the prolonged political crisis of the country, parliamentary sources reported today.

According to the timetable, the registration of candidates to lead the transitional government will be open until Thursday afternoon. It requires the candidate to have at least one member in the National Ass...

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Michel Martelly steps down as Haiti president without a successor

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 8, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



Today Haiti awakes without a president, last night at midnight, Michel Martelly step down as president of Haiti as the constitution requires.

Fighting back tears, the former president has emptied his desk, thanked his staff and promised to take a break from public life for a while to focus on what matters most to him: his family and music .

The de facto Prime Minister Paul Evans remains in office until a new president and a new prime minister can be chosen by parliament. This new government wil...

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The carnival festivities this Sunday are suspended

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, February 7, 2016, In : Security 



The Office of the Prime Minister of Communication informs the general public and especially all those concerned, that the carnival festivities of the first day, Sunday, February 7, 2016 are suspended in Port-au-Prince, because of complications on the event marking the end of the presidential term the same day.

Prime Minister Paul Evans reiterated his call for calm and reiterates the different sectors involved in the crisis that the country to show responsibility in preserving a serene climate ...

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Musical groups T-vice and Djakout will not participate in the upcoming National Carnival

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, February 6, 2016, In : Security 



Two of Haiti's best known musical groups T-Vice and Djakout, have announced that they will not participate in the next National Carnival which is supposed to take place this February 7, the same date as the outgoing president Michel Martelly is due to leave office.

Since the announcement of the Carnival festivities by the government last month, many question the reasoning behind the decision to organize the national celebrations on a date that will most likely be very intense if we take into c...

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Agreement for Peaceful Transition of Government Accomplished in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 6, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 





The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti which began on Sunday, January 31 is now completed.

Twenty two hours before the end of President Michel Martelly's term without an elected President to succeed him, an agreement was reached for a transitional government. Late on February 5th, President Martelly officially signed the agreement with President Jocelerme Privert and Vice-President Cholzer Chancy of the National Assembly. The formal signing ceremony will take...

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President of Haitian senate urges lawmakers to not let the country plunge into institutional vaccum

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 5, 2016, In : Elections 


The country is facing a multidimensional crisis, said President of the National Assembly, Jocelerme Privert yesterday at the opening of the first ordinary session of the legislative year.

According to Senator Privert parliamentarians should adopt provisions to preserve respect the constitution and the democratic gains and create conditions for our sovereignty.

In his speech the President of the National Assembly urged his colleagues to show cohesion and unit capacity of truth and sense of commo...

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Evans Paul remains Prime Minister of Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
The president of the Haitian Senate, Jocelerme Privert rejected the news of the resignation of Prime Minister Paul Evans of Haiti.

Last night, Paul Evans was said to have submitted a letter of resignation to the outgoing President of Haiti Michel Martelly, in the midst of the political crisis that has rocked the country since the first round of presidential and legislative in August of last year.

The president of the Haitian Senate said that he is still working with other political sectors of t...

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Breaking News: Haiti's Prime Minister Evans Paul resigned

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



Late last night, the Prime Minister of Haiti Evans Paul has sent his resignation letter to Michel Martelly.

His resignation came after intense negotiations between Martelly and President of the Haitian Senate Jocelerme Privert, to facilitate the formation of a transitional government that will take over on February 7, the constitutional date for President Martelly to step down.
 
Today, Tuesday, February 2 the National Assembly and the Senate will appoint a new prime minister to head the transit...

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120 years old Haitian woman in Canada is world oldest

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 1, 2016, In : Migration 





Could the oldest person alive be a Haitian woman from Laval?

Officials from Guinness World Records are in Haiti to determine if Cicilia Laurent, who celebrated her 120th birthday Sunday evening, is the new record-holder, Montreal's Haitian Consulate said.

She could claim the title from 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was given it last year.

Laurent would also only be two years shy of the all-time record-holder, Jeanne Louise Calment, the French woman who died at age 12...


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AIDS survival rates in Haiti equal to US

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 31, 2016, In : Health 




One of the first groups of AIDS patients to receive free HIV drugs in a public health setting in the developing world is living as long as those in the United States, according to research conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

n a research letter published Jan. 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Samuel Pierre, Deanna Jannat-Khah, Daniel Fitzgerald, Jean Pape and Margaret McNairy report that 70 percent of the 910 AIDS patients who received life-saving antiretroviral tr...


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Massive demonstration planned to welcome OAS Mediation commission in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 30, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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A massive demonstration is planned by various sectors of the opposition in Haiti to welcome the arrival of the OAS Mediation Commission in the country on Sunday. The mediation of the OAS to overcome the stagnation of the internal political dialogue takes place at the request of Haitian President Michel Martelly, and so far, the agenda of the guests has not been detailed.


Strong police presence, with armored vehicles can be seen along the roads leading to the international airport of Port-au-Pr...

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Haiti's opposition officially rejects OAS Electoral Mediation Mission

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 30, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



"The group of presidential candidates engaged in the electoral process commonly called G8 group learned with astonishment the decision of the Secretary General of the OAS Luis Almagro, following a indignant request of President Michel Joseph Martelly whose mandate once termed, with no possibility of extension, on February ; to send to Haiti a curious mediation mission.

The G-8 noted that shortly after this decision,  President Martelly fort blind support of the OAS, held incendiary statements ...

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The OAS approves the request of Haitian President to send mission of mediation to the country

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 





The Organization of American States has just approved the request of Haitian President Michel Martelly to send a special mission in Haiti urgently to oversee a dialogue between the parties concerned, so that the electoral process could be recovered and prevent the country from diving " into an institutional vacuum and in a situation of chaos" on February 7th if a president is not elected.

The Haitian ambassador to the OAS Bocchit Edmond has made clear that Haiti is only demanding a mediation.

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Venezuela calls for peace and stability in Haiti while condemning foreign interference

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Diplomacy 



Venezuela called for peace and stability in Haiti, President Nicolas Maduro, said that the Bolivarian government has indicated its commitment to the Haitian authorities to work for peace and stability in Haiti; "A nation that for decades has been exploited by the American empire." At a meeting held with the economic cabinet Tuesday at the Miraflo Palace.


He expressed his rejection of interventionist measures in Haiti and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In recent days, oppos...

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Royal Caribbean cuises are back at Labadee after incident

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Tourism 



The cruise ships of Royal Caribbean are back to the famous Labadee, the beautiful white sandy beaches in Cap-Haitien, after an unfortunate incident last week that forced the Freedom of the Seas to turn around before the 4.000 tourists onboard could be landed.


A hundred people aboard small wooden boats circled the ship protesting against the recent reduction of jobs at the local of the port.

Haiti's minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Villedrouin had immediate meetings with the company's top manager...

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There won't be an election before the departure of Martelly, confirms Evans Paul

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



In an interview with Venezuelan TV channel Telesur today, Prime Minister of Haiti Evans Paul said  "It is clear that there will be no elections before the departure of President Michel Martelly February 7 " confirming what many of Haiti's observers predicted several months ago.

The Prime Minister said he is in talks with the opposition to see who will take the reins of the country February 7, 2016, the Constitutional date for President Martelly to leave office.

The opposition has already releas...

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Second round presidential in Haiti cancelled indefinitely, now what?

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 24, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



The indefinite postponement of the second round of presidential elections in Haiti has not softened the tense atmosphere hanging over the country. A day after the announcement was made by the head of CEP Pierre Louis Opont, violent protests took place in different locations around Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

Many main arteries of downtown Port-au-Prince, Delmas and Petionville were blocked with barricades in flames. Many private properties were vandalized. Stones were thrown at businesses ...

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Ban Ki Moon urges Haiti to complete electoral process without delays

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Diplomacy 



Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Haiti

New York, 23 January 2016

The Secretary-General is concerned over the recent postponement of the elections in Haiti, which were scheduled for 24 January. He strongly urges all stakeholders to work towards the peaceful completion of the electoral process without delay, through the forging of a consensual solution that will allow the people of Haiti to exercise their right to vote for the election of a new President and th...

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The European Union demands a new electoral calendar in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Diplomacy 





The European Union called Saturday  for a "new electoral calendar"  so that voters can "fully exercise their political rights", after the last minute cancellation on Friday's of the disputed presidential election scheduled for Sunday for "security reasons".

"The European Union has noted the decision of the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to postpone, for security reasons, the second round of presidential elections on Sunday," said in a statement released in Brussels by the...

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Little girl coming from school, latest victim in Haiti's violent protest

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 




The toll of today's protest was heavy, the most violent to date since the start of this interminable crisis. So far, three known deaths are confirmed. Among them, an innocent little girl aged about 8-10 years, who the only thing she did wrong was to go to school today, and she died from a bullet in the head. A bullet of angry demonstrators or police using live ammunition to disperse the angry crowd? who knows.

While the attention of Haitian and international media have focused on the postponem...

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Breaking News: Second round presidential election cancels indefinitely

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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The body responsible for the organisation of elections in Haiti, CEP has just announced its cancellation of the second round presidential elections that was supposed to take place Sunday January 24th.

In the note release to the media, the CEP says that due to the degenerating security conditions and the dangers "impending " over the processus, it has decided to  postpone indefinitely the process.

Since the beginning of this week, a series of violent protests have taken place in Port-au-Prince, ...

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Haiti parliament vote on resolution to halt second tour presidential election

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016,
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The newly sworn in parliament drafted a resolution to stop the second round of presidential elections scheduled for January 24 until all allegations of fraud that marred the legislative elections as well as the presidentials can be studied more deeply.

The drafted resolution that will be put into vote Wednesday, also seeks the resignation of the CEP members accused of corruption.

This resolution should pass easily, it is already receiving a lot of support in the senate controlled by the opposit...

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Protests at Labadee forced cruise ship to turn around

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Security 




Protests against the elections in Haiti seems to new reach heights, today about a hundred protesters on board many small wooden boats have penetrated the usually secured premises of Labadee, the famous cruise port in Cap Haitien.

These demonstrators protesting against the next round of the presidential election, have circled the cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, forcing it to turn around leaving Labadee even before tourists could disembark.


Labadee, a private beach rented to Royal Caribbean Crui...

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Violence erupts in Haiti six days before the second round presidential election

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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At least five electoral offices were burned in northern Haiti, and many cars were torched around Port-au-Prince earlier today, just six days before the second round of the presidential election.

Many participants in the protests launched by the opposition to denounce the process they say is tainted by irregularities and fraud; threw stones at parked cars and houses, leaving behind many serious material damage.

The message of the protesters was clear they want the remaining members of the CEP to...

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Jude Celestin will not participate in the second round of presidential election

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



The presidential candidate of the Opposition, Jude Celestin, reiterated last week his refusal to participate in the second round of presidential elections on January 24, 2016. Mr. Célestin informed that the democratic sector will present a solution to end the crisis over from this week.

Célestin denied the accusations of the ruling party candidate believing he secretly realize his electoral campaign for the second round. According to the Lapeh candidate this charge is part of a plan to lend ...

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Arrival of voting materials in Haiti for second round presidential election

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 17, 2016, In : Elections 

The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haiti announced Saturday  the arrival to the country of the latest materials for the second round of presidential elections, scheduled for January 24, in which the opposition refuses to participate in the alleged partiality organizers.

The materials arrived from Dubai, according to a CEP, who invited the political parties to claim their financing funds according to the electoral decree.

The CEP also released today its list of national and international...

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Haiti's Minister of Health confirms the presence of the zika virus in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Health 




The Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume Friday confirmed the presence in Haiti of zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, after weeks of suspicion given the increasing numbers of patients.

"Even if I was personally sick, until I had evidence that the virus zika was in my blood, I would not have been able to speak as Minister of Public Health," said Florence Duperval Guillaume at a press conference in Port-au-Prince, responding to critics accusing the authorities of laxity.

Thursday, ...

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Haiti, whoever wins the presidency must choose the other as prime minister to resolve crisis

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, January 9, 2016, In : Op-ed 




The only thing that remains it seems, with the power that could save the electoral process in Haiti and to restore the full confidence of the population in the next government, would be for the two main candidates to sign an agreement, so that whoever wins the presidency must choose the other as prime minister.

The Haitian people should not accept a transitional government from their political leaders. They must require an agreement between the parties involved to resolve this crisis.


Jude Cél...

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Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with Cuban ambassador

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Diplomacy 
Lener Renaud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, met with the ambassador of Cuba, Ricardo Garcia Naples, where they discussed issues related to the holding of the Ministerial Meeting for the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), to be held on 18 and 19 January next in this brother country.

In the coming conclave, Cuba will assume the rotating presidency of the ACS, an organization born in 1994 in Colombia and aims to identify and promote consultation, cooperation and concer...

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Martelly rejects his Electoral Commission recommendation, and call the population to the polls

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 








As many have expected, the Haitian President Michel Martelly has not taken into consideration the recommendations of the electoral assessment commission which he established by decree, to help find a solution to the current almost hopeless political situation.


Said commission was installed specifically to investigate allegations of fraud that have marred the last presidential and parliamentary elections, and to make recommendations for a better second round.

Like the President had to announce a...

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Swiss Ambassador in Haiti, has some heavy criticisms for international Community role in the country

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : Diplomacy 



The representative of the Switzerland government in Haiti Jean Luc Virchaux, in a sit down with a swiss magazine to talk about his work in Haiti and the current post-electoral crisis among other hot button issues, had some heavy criticism for the international community's involvement in Haiti. Especially the UN mission known as MINUSTAH.


During the interview, the journalist Youri Hanne asked the ambassador:

"What is your view on the United Nations presence in Haiti? Can we speak of occupation?...

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January 24, official date for second round of presidential election in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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The second round for the presidential and legislative elections in Haiti will take place on January 24, said Tuesday the director of the electoral council. Pierre-Louis Opont, president of the Provisional Electoral Council, made the announcement after meeting with the board of the regulatory body.

President Michel Martelly announced last week that the second round would be held on January 17 to meet the constitutional decree to invest a new president on February 7. But in a letter sent Monday ...

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Ban Ki Moon twice in two weeks, expresses concerns over Haiti's electoral process

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 




For the second time in two weeks United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again voiced concern at political developments in Haiti over the ongoing electoral process, urging the authorities and all political actors to resolve outstanding issues as soon as possible.

Jovenel Moise from the governing party and former government executive Jude Celestin, the two top vote getters in the first round of presidential elections on 25 October, were set to face each other in a run-off on 27 Decembe...

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Haiti's Electoral Evaluation Commission reveals massive fraud and irregularities during last elections

Posted by AlterPresse on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 

A check on 1.770 ballot samples of the presidential election of October 25 reveals numerous cases of serious irregularities and massive fraud appearances including the lack of voter signatures for more than 57% of votes counted, unlike prescribes by the electoral decree.

Quality control was conducted at the Tabulation Center Votes (CTV) by statisticians working on behalf of the Electoral Assessment Commission  established on  December 22, 2015 by presidential decree and whose works were to end...

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January 17, date of the second round of presidential elections despite many unanswered questions

Posted by Sydney Noel on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 





The President of Haiti Michel Martelly announced the official date for the second round of the presidential election. The second round of presidential elections scheduled for the 27th of this past December, will ultimately be held on January 17; of course, if we are to believe him this time.


The announcement of the holding of the election that will determine who takes the reins of the country, this February 7, as the Haitian Constitution requires, has been made in spite of many unanswered ques...

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Haiti and the Dominican Repulic shaken by a 4.6 earthquake

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : others 






A strong magnitude 4.6 earthquake generated a great panic in several cities in northern Haiti, including Cap Haitian, where many frightened people fled their homes.


The earthquake was also felt in the town of Juana Mendez (Haiti) and Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

There are so far no reports of casualties or damages, but the violent shaking caused panic in the population.

A woman was injured when she fell to the ground in a desperate attempt to get out of a place.

"Suddenly I felt a very str...

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A Chilean MINUSTAH soldier wounded in Port-au-Prince

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : Crimes 
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A member of the Chilean troops participating in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was injured and remains hospitalized after being hit by a projectile, said Friday the Ministry of Defence in this country.

The incident occurred early 2016 in Port-au-Prince, when the captain of Health Wanner Max Espinoza, medical helicopters of the Air Force of Chile in Haiti was wounded by a bullet in the back, which apparently came from the outside of the base, from unknown individual, "the lett...

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Two female officers of the UN force in Haiti found dead in their home

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : Crimes 



Two female officers of the United Nations police force in Haiti were found dead in their house on Wednesday, the UN mission in the country said.

These two officers are from the Rwandan contingent - there are police officers from 45 countries of the strong force of 2600 

A joint investigation was launched by the UN forces and the National Police of Haiti, working together to enforce law and order in the troubled country.

Sandra Honoré, the UN Special Representative and Head of Mission, expressed...

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One hundred elected mayors ask for the final results of municipal elections

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



A hundred elected mayors across numerous party affiliations, according to preliminary results of municipal on October 25, are demanding the publication of the final election results. These elected officials, grouped within a group, urged the government and electoral authorities to continue the electoral process leading to their nomination.

The candidates arrived first in the preliminary results, Pierre Richard Duplan in Port-au-Prince, Wilson Jeudy in Delmas, Jude Edouard Pierre Carrefour and ...

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Haiti's Electoral Assessment Commission still does not inspire the confidence of the people

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 28, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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The installation of an Electoral Assessment Commission has not softened the tense political climate in Haiti.
 Michel Martelly has installed this commission after numerous allegations of fraud have marred the last parliamentary and presidential elections.

Since the publication of the official results, the people have stood up to denounce what they say is a massive electoral fraud in favor of Michel Martelly, whose mandate will end on Feb. 7, 2016.

To protest against the results, the opposition d...

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Haiti's Electoral Commission of Evaluation makes press release.

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, December 27, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
The Independent Electoral Commission of Evaluation welcomes the Haitian people and members of the press in particular. It takes pleasure to bring to their knowledge that  after its installation, it had immediately put itself at work to define a working methodology and a timetable based on the understanding of the mandate entrusted and terms of reference.

It will be primarily for the commission to meet with key players involved in the election process of October 25, 2015, to read and analyze th...

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Haiti's president Michel Martelly, releases carnival hit making crude jokes about prominent Haitian journalist

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 24, 2015, In : Politic 


The National Association of Haitian Media (ANMH) denounces a carnival of meringue by Haitian president Michel Martelly, known by his stage name "Sweet Micky", which targets the journalist and director of programming of Radio TV Kiskeya, Liliane Pierre-Paul, in a note dated December 16, 2015.

Instead of spending the last moments of his mandate to find solutions to the problems of the country and contribute, through their involvement, to seek ways to resolve the post-election crisis, President M...

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Breaking News: Haitian Electoral officials postpone election date

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 21, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
The Provisional Electoral council of Haiti informs the general population, all the political parties and the candidates in particular that the local, legislative and presidential elections that were suppose to take place on December 27th 2015, are postponed.

The Council, due to the formation of an Electoral Commission of evaluation and considering the eventual implications that its recommendations could have on the electoral calendar, has so deliberated.

In consequent, the CEP highly encourages...
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The Catholic Church did not find an agreement with Haitian government for its participation at the electoral commission

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 21, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



The Catholic Church did not find an agreement with the executive in regard to the participation of its representative to the electoral assessment commission. Negotiations between the Haitian authorities and the president of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, Cardinal Chibly Langlois, continued past the weekend.

The spokesman of the Episcopal Conference, Mgr. Patrick Aris, was appointed by the head of state to be a member of the Election Assessment Committee.

Mr Aris says that  he requested info...

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The European Union rejects the invitation of Martelly to assist the Electoral Commission of Evaluation

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, December 18, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 

The European Union has dodged the invitation of President Martelly to attend the evaluation commission of the electoral process. The Electoral Observation Mission of the European Union recalled that his mission is to observe the elections but not to interfere in the process. However observation mission says it is willing to meet the presidential commission.


“The Electoral Assessment Commission will benefit from technical assistance composed of national and international experts (EU) and (...


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Party reject the nomination of its member to Martelly's new electoral commission

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 17, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 

Platform Renmen Ayiti was amazed to learn that members from
its Board and Spokesperson on occasion, Mrs Euvonie
Georges Auguste was appointed member of a certain "Electoral Commission" created 
by the Administration Martelly-Paul.

The ethical rules, factory-mark of the Platform and its leaders force us to
renounce the appointment of Mrs. Auguste Euvonie and urge her to refrain from
participating in the work of this Commission, until the authorities withdraw her name from
this illegal and inappropria...

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New bribery scandals strengthen popular movement call for independent commission and transitional government

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 17, 2015, In : Corruptions 

A corruption scandal threatens to derail the whole electoral process in Haiti and the installation of the 50th Legislature in January.


Several legislative candidates on Haitian radio airwaves on Wednesday, were detailing how they were asked to pay thousands of dollars in bribes to the judges of the Electoral Court and to members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in hopes of securing a place in the new parliament.


Although an anonymous member of the CEP refuted the radio journalists’...


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Haiti Election: petition on the website of the White House, asking Obama to support the formation of an independent commission

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 17, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 




The electoral crisis in Haiti continues to get more complicated every day.
 Earlier today, a petition was posted on the website of the White House, calling on President Obama to issue a statement in support of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Haiti, demanding the formation of an independent commission to verify the ballots of last election, marred by significant fraudulent irregularities. If this petition gets 100,000 or more signatures, the White House will have to give an official r...

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Breaking News: All members of Haiti's Electoral Council threaten to resign if independent commision is put in place

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



Following the news of the possibility of setting up an electoral guarantee commission, all the electoral advisers are threatening to resign en masse if it encroaches on their work.

Reached by telephone, electoral councilor Paul Marie Carmelle Austin has proved unfavorable to the creation of this commission.

Indeed, Marie Carmelle, the representative for the education sector within the Provisional Electoral Council questions the structure and the true mission of this possible commision, arguing ...

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Swiss government blocks funds of former Haitian minister

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 14, 2015, In : Corruptions 



The Swiss federal administrative court has confirmed the blocking of CHF4.5 million ($4.55 million) placed in a Geneva bank by a former cabinet minister of deposed Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. 

The funds had eluded restitution measures concerning the assets of Duvalier, who died last year, and his entourage. 

Credit Suisse had waited until 2011 to alert the Money Laundering Reporting Office to the funds. Following the opening of a money laundering investigation by the O...

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Little by little, Islam builts its nest in Haiti

Posted by Lenational on Friday, December 11, 2015, In : others 



Between voodoo and Christianity, no people are as religious as Haitians. Now today, Islam, the religion of the Muslims, widespread in the Arab world and Europe, continues to grow silently on the island of Haiti and without the recognition of state authorities.

An hour strikes. One after another, the faithful arrive on the court peacefully. Men, point beard, wearing tunics. Some under any outfit. Veiled women, covered to the feet. Children too.

Thus we recognize that Muslims are all over the wo...

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Dominican senate asks for a review of border line with Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 10, 2015, In : Haiti/Dominican relations 


The Dominican Senate asked the Executive to undertake a comprehensive review of the line that marks the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Therefore, the Committee on Border Affairs chaired by Senator Sonia Mateo said he will report to the favorable resolution of Senator Adriano Sanchez Roa.

The resolution aims to verify full compliance with the Haitian Treaty of 1929 and its Protocol of 1936. Review of the border revision is justified in the recital stating that the uncontrolled ...

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OIM releases comprehensive report on Haitians being deported from the Dominican Republic

Posted by OIM on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, In : Migration 

The International Organization for Migration (OIM) has released a summary snapshot of monitoring activities it conducted in collaboration with other border monitoring partners, at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The monitoring was put in placefollowing the movements observed at the border before and after the 17th June 2015 expiration of the registration component of the National Plan for Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE in Spanish), established in the Dominican Rep...


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FIFA officials stole $750.000 donated for Haiti after devastating earthquake

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, December 6, 2015, In : Corruptions 



The United States department of Justice in conjunction with Swiss police have released new indictments following the 6.a.m arrests of two FIFA Vice-presidents, Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, in Zurich yesterday. A total of 16 officials have been laced with fresh corruption charges for sums totalling $200million dollars mostly relating to TV and marketing deals in north, south and central America and the Caribbean.

The most shocking detail in the new indictment is ...

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Domincans are smuggling banned products into Haiti via lake Azuei, shared by both countries

Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Saturday, December 5, 2015, In : Economy 



If with the prohibition of entry by land of 23 Dominican products on  Haitian soil, smuggling is decreasing, for cons, smuggling will increase by sea. Lake Azuei, which covers both countries, became the preferred route for fraudsters to cross some of these products from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. 

This Friday, the activities are stalled on the malpasse/Jimani border.


This is no longer the times when Dominican trailers landed tons of goods of all kinds at the Malpasse border point....


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US ambassador to Haiti says that he is against transitional government

Posted by hougasydney.com on Friday, December 4, 2015,



The new US ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean hoped that the new President of Haiti is designated by the voters rather than the street.

The American diplomat accredited to Haiti, Peter Mulrean wish the next leaders of the country can get out of free elections.

These statements were made during the traditional Christmas Gala organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in the private residence of the US ambassador.

If he did not take a stand on behalf of US Ambassador Peter Mulrean has neverthel...

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Haiti's opposition calls for transitional government

Posted by AP on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 






PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight candidates in last month's disputed presidential vote are demanding changes in Haiti's electoral council and national police department. And if that doesn't happen by next month, they are calling for a transitional government to oversee new general elections.

Among those signing late Sunday's declaration was Jude Celestin, the second-place finisher who is due to face the government-backed candidate, Jovenel Moise, in a Dec. 27 runoff. The ultimatum throws t...

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Violence erupts after final results of presidential elections were announced

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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The CEP publishes the final results, the street reacts
The Council's decision to publish the election results virtually ignoring the complaints of the Opposition, is already causing a stir

Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Demonstrations that began almost immediately after the publication of final election results of October 25, 2015 by the CEP were interspersed with incidents and violence.

A car registered "State Service" opened fire on a crowd from Saint-Jean-de-Bosco (downtown). There would...

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The Venezuelan army is actively involved in carrying cocaine in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, November 23, 2015, In : Crimes 



The latest developments in a drug trafficking case embroiling relatives of President Nicolas Maduro suggest that the military is actively involved in transporting cocaine to Haiti, inching investigations ever closer to the heart of the socialist regime, only weeks before elections.
New updates show that the recently arrested nephews of Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores flew out of Simon Bolivar International Airport from a terminal reserved for government officials on a plane loaded with 800...

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The growing and strong movement against mining in Haiti is underestimated

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, In : others 
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Elsie Florestan integrates Tet Kole peasant organization Ti Peyizan (small farmers) in the community of Machabyèl Lembe in the northern region of Haiti that is part of some 4000 km2, equivalent to 15% of the 
Haïtian territory leased to foreign companies for exploration and mining.

Experts say that the reserves of gold, silver and copper are worth 20 billion US dollars; Florestan is poor, has 11 children and lives in a house with large gaps in Machabyèl. But he is convinced that mining of co...

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A police officer shot a dozen times in Port-au-Prince

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, In : Crimes 



A Police officer attached to the National Prison Administration (APENA) was shot dead Monday night around 8 pm at the St Martin street. He had received nearly a dozen bullets, learned Haitian Press Network via witnesses.

The policeman whose identity has not yet been released, was from the 24th promotion of the National Police of Haiti; he was en route to visit his mother who inhabit the area, when he was attacked by men on motorcycles.

According to reports, Haitian police quickly responded to t...

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Venezuelan lawmaker calls for the investigation of diplomatic passport of men arrested in Haiti for cocaine trafficking

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, November 12, 2015, In : Crimes 
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The secretary of the Democratic Unity Roundtable ( MUD ), Jesus "Chuo" Torrealba, commented on the arrest of two Venezuelans in Haiti on charges of alleged drug trafficking.

Torrealba calls for research on passports carried by the youth, who apparently had one of diplomatic type. In this regard, the Assembly believes that national must designate one committee to make inquiries.

For the MUD , Torrealba said, the arrest of these young "is a situation that shocked the whole country", reported El N...

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Nephews of Venezuelan first family arrested in Haiti for cocaine trafficking

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, November 12, 2015, In : Crimes 

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U.S. federal agents have detained two members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's family in Haiti, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration source who participated in the arrest.

The two men, identified as Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores Freites, were arrested Tuesday night in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince as they were preparing to finalize a deal that would have allowed them to transport 800 kilograms of drugs to the United States, the source said.

    One of th...


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    Violence erupts after presidential election results in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, November 6, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


     
    The follower of Jean Charles Moise, known simply as Maxo of the Platform for the Children of Dessalines, who stood at the third place in the first round of the elections on October 25 in Haiti, died in clashes in Delmas.
    Photos are spreading in Haitian social media pages. After the announced results gunshots were  heard and tires were burning in Delmas and around the metropolitan area of ​​Port au Prince in the center of the country.




    Jean Charles Moise came in third with 14.27% of the vote...

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    Argentina makes $50.000 in support of Haiti elections

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, November 2, 2015, In : Elections 
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    The Government of Argentina contributed $ 50,000 to support the electoral process under way in Haiti during a ceremony today to support the Haitian people in the democratic consolidation and stabilization of the country. 
    The contribution financial to the electoral background in Haiti confirms the commitment of Argentina to support the stabilization process in Haiti. 

    It takes place five days after the penultimate round of voting. Nearly six million Haitians are entitled to ele...

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    Haiti pulls off with success the largest and most complex elections in its history

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, October 26, 2015, In : Elections 

    Image result for haiti election 2015 The Haitian government has pulled off the largest and the most complex elections in Haiti's history. The violence that habitually characterized Haitian elections was nonexistent or so minor that they didn't have any impact whatsoever on the overall process.

     Voting was relatively orderly across the nation due mostly to the heavy presence of the Haitian National Police (PNH) in the streets.

    The National Police was heavily criticized for its lack of presence in the streets during the first rou...


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    Dilma Rousseff condemns the murder of young Haitian migrant

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 23, 2015, In : Crimes 



    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, condemned on October 21, 2015, the murder of the young Haitian migrant, Sterlin Fétière, which occurred on October 17, in Navegantes, a Brazilian city of the state of Santa Catarina in the south of the country. 

     the Head of the Brazilian state has shown indignant for this act she described as xenophobic and unfair. She said the country that she runs has always been fraternal to others.

    "In a country like Brazil, known worldwide for its solidarity and frate...

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    Haiti Election: Too many candidates too many international observers.

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Friday, October 23, 2015, In : Elections 



    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an election observation mission to oversee the first round of the Presidential elections between some 50 candidates and the second round of legislative elections, which will take place this Sunday October 25th. The fielding of this mission comes at the request of the government of Haiti and follows the presence of CARICOM election observation missions in St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

    It should be noted that CARICOM is...

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    Haitian man in Brazil assassinated by stabbing

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, October 22, 2015, In : Crimes 


    Sterlin Fétière, a 33 years old Haitian migrant was killed from multiple stab wounds on October 17, 2015, by a group of young people in Navegantes, a Brazilian city of the state of Santa Catarina located in the south of Brazil.

    According to the GARR, the killing occurred when Sterlin Fétière was returning from a party, accompanied by his wife, Vanessa Nery Pantoja, a Brazilian national. He was attacked and cowardly murdered by a group of Brazilian young people because of the color of his s...

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    #ClintonEmail: US State Department in collaboration with Haitian private sector forced Haitian government to change 2010 Presidential election's result

    Posted by Center for Economic and Policy Research on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, In : Corruptions 

    Recently released e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server reveal new details of how U.S. officials worked closely with the Haitian private sector as they forced Haitian authorities to change the results of the first round presidential elections in late 2010. The e-mails documenting these “behind the doors actions” were made public as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

    Preliminary results from the deeply flawed 2010 presidential and legislative elections w...

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    Dominican deputy says that Dominican Republic has lost its dignity by negotiating with Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 18, 2015,
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    Deputy Vinicio Castillo criticized on Wednesday the agreement of President Danilo Medina with Haitian President Michel Martelly, after considering that the same Dominican Republic pledged Its dignity to bow to the neighboring country.

    He said that Medina did not act like the president, but as a politician who represents the interests of a sector.

    "He is not a politician and he is the head of the Dominican State, which had to always ensure that image of dignity of the Dominican Republic".

    The leg...

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    UN must provide justice for cholera victims

    Posted by AP on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Human Rights 



    Five years after cholera started a deadly march across this poor Caribbean country, international and Haitian human rights activists asserted Tuesday that the U.N. is failing to provide justice for the many Haitians who have died or been sickened.

    Since October 2010, cholera has killed roughly 9,000 Haitians and sickened hundreds of thousands more. Scientific papers have suggested there is ample evidence to show that U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti after hum...


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    MINUSTAH's mandate renewed for an additional year.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Security 


    The UN Security Council endorsed this Thursday, October 14, 2015, the report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, recommending the renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) .

    A statement from the UN mission's resolution adopted unanimously by the Council, extends the mandate of MINUSTAH in Haiti until October 15th 2016, while maintaining the current level of authorized strength of 2,601 police officers United Nations (UNPOL) and 2370 soldiers.

    In its resolut...

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    Brazil has decided to open its borders to all Haitian migrants, illegal or not.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 9, 2015, In : Migration 



    It is easier for Haitians to emigrate to Brazil than to go as tourist. Visiting the newspaper Le Nouvelliste Tuesday, Fernando Vidal, the new ambassador of Brazil in Haiti, has elaborated on his country's migration policy vis-à-vis  Haitian nationals who wish to immigrate to the land of Pele. All Haitians are welcome in Brazil, according to the ambassador. Arriving with a legal visa, such as those present at the borders of Brazil undocumented. All Haitians will be accommodated, integrated an...

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    Haiti's supreme court orders the judgement of kidnapper Clifford Brandt

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Law 
    Haiti's Supreme Court in a ruling made last week, has overruled the verdict of the Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince, which ordered the release of six individuals, all former police officers, who were charged for their involvement in numerous violent crimes, such as kidnappings and murder, under the command of Clifford Brandt; successful businessman and son of one of Haiti's wealthiest families. 

    The six policemen including Marc Arthur Phoebe former head of the CAT Team, Jacques Darly Michelai...

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry, to visit Haiti next week

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 2, 2015, In : Diplomacy 

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    Following the invitation of Haitian President Michel Martelly, the Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this upcoming October 6.

    The information was reported by the US Embassy in Haiti, in a statement released Thursday.

    The statement said the head of the US diplomacy will meet with President Martelly with other high-ranking Haitian officials .

    Discussions will focus on the preparations in place for the presidential elections which will take p...

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    Haitian Presidential Debate taking place in Miami

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, In : Elections 
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    To better appeal to undecided voters and involve the Haitian diaspora in the political life of the country, a second presidential debate will take place October 4th in the auditorium of North Miami Senior High School and will be broadcasted on Radio Television Caribbean (RTV) one of the leading Radio and TV station in Haiti, as well as other radio and streaming news channels.

    For this second debate between ten (10) candidates, organized by the Friends of Haiti 2010, a non profit citizen organi...

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    Dominican Republic recalls its ambassador in Haiti over land-trade ban imposed by Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, September 18, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    The Dominican Foreign Ministry, through a statement, has informed of the decision by the Dominican government, Wednesday, September 16, 2015, to recall for consultation Ruben Silie, the Dominican ambassador in Haiti. In addition, the Dominican Chancellery told to consider other diplomatic measures in response to the announcement of the ban that the government of the Dominican Republic has only found out through Haitian media; the ban on entering by land of around 23 Dominican products from 1 ...

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    US extends protected status to illegal Haitian migrants.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, August 28, 2015, In : Migration 



    The US Department of Homeland Security extended the application of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional period of 18 months until 22 July 2017.

    The GST directly supports the goal of the United States for a stable and economically viable Haiti by enabling Haitians to have a paid job in the United States, pending the improvement of their country.

    For those whose work permit is not yet expired, the US Immigration Service (USCIS) automatically extend their EAD for an additio...

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    US Embassy in Haiti released statement on reopening of border between Haiti and Dominican Republic

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, August 27, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    The US government is very pleased that the high-ranking officials from the Haitian government have issued a statement guaranteeing the safety of all trucks arriving from the Dominican Republic. The Haitian National Police (HNP) has sent special troops to guarantee a safe corridor to facilitate the delivery of items needed to operate the Caracol Industrial Park. Thousands of people could lose their jobs if this situation is not resolved immediately, and the US government believes that the Hait...

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    Two Venezuelans arrested with U$ 500.000 in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    Two Venezuelans who were traveling in a vehicle that contained 500 000 US dollars were questioned on August 24th  2015, during a joint operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Central Directorate of Judicial Police (DCPJ ), through the Brigade fight against drug trafficking (BLTs). Laundering of assets derived from illicit trafficking of narcotics is the charge brought against both Venezuelan nationals whom is aged 39 and the other 25 years.

    The...

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    One Haitian lynched in the Dominican Republic and two others have disappeared

    Posted by hougansyndye.com on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, In : Crimes 
    A Haitian national Willin Yrak was killed by machetes cut on the night of August 19, 2015 in Hatillo Palma, a Dominican town in the province of Montecristi. Two other unidentified Haitian nationals were also missing.

    According to information reported by Dominican media, Willin Yrak who was in his early twenties was brutally murdered by several machetes by Dominican civilians whose identity were not revealed.

    Originally, a Dominican of 42 years was raped Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by unidentified ...

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    Haiti is not ready to exploit Its gold mines

    Posted by Oxfam on Thursday, August 20, 2015, In : Corruptions 


    Challenges in governance and regulation should be addressed before Haiti can exploit its resources of gold, silver and copper, according to a recent report by the aid and development organization Oxfam and development.

    Following this report, the potential revenues from mining could be essential for the country of Haiti in the quest to solve the persistent development challenges of the country.widespread poverty, extreme inequality, weak institutions, high risk of corruption and vulnerability t...

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    32 Haitian migrants detained in Palm Beach Florida

    Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, In : Migration 

     A group of 32 people, mostly Haitian migrants, were detained early Monday about 12 miles (19 km) north of Palm Beach, Florida, after state law enforcement officials spotted a boat stolen in the Bahamas floating about two miles offshore.


    The group included 13 men, nine women and 10 children, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported.


    It was unclear if the group was being transported by smugglers, said Frank Miller, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border P...


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    The mandates of investigating judges in Haiti are not renewed

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Monday, August 17, 2015, In : Law 


    All jurisdictions are facing the same problem: the non-renewal of the mandate of the investigating judges. Everything is blocked. Deans' offices are crowded with records returned by judges whose term did not renewed for several months. While the majority of instructing equally important documents for individual freedom.

    The non-renewal of the mandate of the judges happened to run across the 18 courts of the first instance thus paralyzing the operation of the judiciary branch of government. Acc...

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    One Haitian dead and five others wounded from hate crime attacks in Sao Paolo, Brazil

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, August 13, 2015, In : Crimes 



    A Haitian was killed and five others, among them a woman, were wounded by gunfire last week in an attack orchestrated by hostile Brazilians to their presence in São Paulo (Brazil), tells AlterPresse.

    One of the injured Haitians have died of his wounds in a hospital in Brazil shortly after the armed attack in the courtyard of a Roman Catholic church located in downtown São Paulo, in an area called " Liberdade "said AlterPresse Secretary of Episcopal Commission (Roman Catholic) migration in Ha...

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    Haiti Election: OAS says that irregularities did not disrupt overall elections

    Posted by AP on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, In : Elections 

     An international mission that monitored legislative elections in Haiti said Monday that there were scattered problems with violence and other disruptions during Sunday's first round but not enough to disrupt the legitimacy of the overall vote.

    The Organization of American States had 28 observers monitoring Sunday elections that saw Haitians choose lawmakers for the next Parliament in a contest that was delayed for nearly four years. They visited 171 of more than 1,500 voting centers across th...

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    Haiti Election day marked by great violence, frauds and irregularities

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, In : Elections 



    Many are left greatly disappointed after the first round of legislative elections that have taken place in Haiti this past Sunday August 9th, considering the high rate of irregularities observed and the violence that marred the conduct of voting operations. For example in many districts, at the very opening of many polling centers the vote could not be held or was interrupted by armed groups, sometimes with candidates, who have ransacked and destroyed voting materials.

    The National Defense Net...

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    Legislative election begins in Haiti today, 5 million voters expected.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, August 9, 2015, In : Elections 



    More than 5 million potential voters will participate in the first round of parliamentary elections, held on Sunday August 9th, in Haiti.

    The western Department which includes the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince is 40% of the electorate. The Artibonite is second among the most important electoral regions.

    20 seats are to be filled. Two seats in the senate for each department; 34 candidates are running for two seats.

    119 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

    The total cost of three rounds is...

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    Haiti's Police Chief says PNH is ready to provide security during election

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, August 9, 2015, In : Elections 



    The Haitian police chief, Orélus Godson, with a sense of serenity ensured that the security forces are beginning to implement the security plan in place, during the first round of parliamentary elections this Sunday, August 9

    Speaking on Radio Métropole waves this Sunday, Mr. Orelus announced that the police have already arrested several individuals who have not complied with the security measures taken by the police authorities.

    These citizens were arrested in the North West of the departmen...

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    Opinion:The people of Haiti just don't care about voting anymore

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Op-ed 



    There have been a decline in the participation of Haitians in the electoral process of the country for years now.  In the last election in 2011 that saw Michel Martelly elected as president of Haiti, less than one third (1/3) of the population cared to go the urns and  make their voices heard. 

    Haiti is one of the youngest democracies in the world, for it was only in 1990 that the people of Haiti were allowed to participate in the choosing of their government. And who can deny or forget  the l...

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    Many ministers resign in protest of sexist insults of woman by President Martelly

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Elections 


    Several ministers resigned in Haiti after sexist insults uttered by Haitian President Michel Martelly, during a campaign rally.

    A few days before legislative and just over two months of the presidential election, Haitian President skids, once again. Present at a campaign rally in the city of Miragoâne, July 28, Michel Martelly was stopped by a woman in the congregation who reproached him for not having kept his promises, including not having installed electricity in his village. "Find a man a...

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    Haiti Election: an electoral disaster and a post-election crisis is taking shape

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Elections 




    Haiti could face an electoral disaster in the election on 9 August 2015 and subsequently a post-election crisis, warns the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH), in a report dated August 5, 2015.

    RNDDH believes that it is the duty of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to "intervene to remind candidates what they face when they use violence."

    5 cases of murder, 26 injured, 10 cases of beating, two assassination attempts and 9 armed clashes have been recorded by RNDDH sinc...

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    Michel Martelly: 4 years of bad governance, corruption and incompetence

    Posted by Yves Lafortune on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Politic 



    By questioning the outset indicators, what are obvious at first glance; the Haitian government at the highest level is poorly managed! ... In four years, three prime ministers, the last named fact. Six (6) culture ministers, five (5) of the Environment, (4) agriculture ministers, five (5) Sports Ministers, four (4) justice ministers, five (5) Ministers of Communication, four (4) Social Affairs Ministers, three (3) Ministers of Education, five (5) Ministers of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE), f...

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    Haiti will close its border with the Dominican Republic on election day

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, August 6, 2015, In : Elections 



    The Haitian government have announced that the borders between Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be closed during the upcoming election day, starting August 8th from 6:00 PM local time and all day Sunday. Activities will resume to normal Monday August 10th.  The closing of the border between the two nations sharing the island of Hispaniola is one of the numerous security measures, implemented by the Haitian government to assure the smooth running of the massive legislative election that w...

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    Dominican Republic rejects OAS recommendation of dialogue with Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, August 2, 2015, In : Migration 



    The offer of mediation of the Organization of American States (OAS) was rejected yesterday by the Dominican Chancellor Andres Navarro. The dialogue between the two states to find a solution to the crisis has been recommended by members of the technical mission to examine the situation in the border area between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

    As part of the observations of the mission members had argued that "people may find themselves without any recognized nationality."

    This is consistent w...

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    Haiti Deportation: IOM quickly changes its press release by removing the words "deportations"

    Posted by CEPR on Friday, July 24, 2015,
    On July 14, 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released a statement regarding the situation on the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. The IOM interviewed some 1,133 individuals who had crossed the border between June 16 and July 3, finding that “408 persons (or 36.0 per cent) said that they had been deported by different entities, including the military, police, immigration officials and civilians.”  These findings directly contradicted statements from the Dominican Re...

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    Haiti, one crisis after another

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    These days, our attention is beset. There is a choice of crises. True as false. Even if in the wrong, there is always true. And vice versa.

    In the coming days, some crises will develop, others to reverse. Keep a cool head.

    There is an electoral crisis that is tied before our eyes. It has no name or epithet. It seeks. All the elements are in place. An almighty electoral council. A president campaigning on the chariot of the State. A ruling party that wants to stay. One hundred political parties ...

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    US Court of Auditors publish scathing reports on USAID work in Haiti

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Friday, June 5, 2015, In : Corruptions 



    US development aid agency USAID, far from reaching the goals set, defers, against the opinion of the Court of Auditors, the studies on the feasibility of certain projects in Haiti, according to a scathing official report released Wednesday.

    In the 84-page document to the US Congress, public administration (USGAO) explains that some projects conceived in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean country in 2010, were "not realistic" and numbers of them have lagged behind mai...

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    In less than a month Haiti will experience one of the largest humanitarian crisis in its History

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, June 1, 2015, In : Human Rights 


    In less than 25 days, Haiti will see born the beginning of the process of one of the largest humanitarian disasters in its history. Two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) are the estimated amount of people, Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent to be expelled from the Dominican Republic to Haiti from June. What is the position of the Haitian government and civil society on this situation? What do the NGOs and organizations of Human rights of the apocalyptic shadow that will befall the ...

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    President Martelly says that he will not issue certificates of discharge to former government officials.

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Saturday, May 30, 2015, In : Elections 



    Presidential candidates, they are a dozen former senior officials of the state to be concerned with the question of discharge. One of them, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, thinks the head of state could solve this problem by providing this valuable discharge certificate by decree. Asked Friday about the subject, Michel Martelly dodge the question while two of his advisers contacted by Le Nouvelliste reported that the President of the Republic will take no order to that effect.

    "Presiden...

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    Haiti Elections: Laurent Lamothe wants Michel Martelly to intervene so he can participate in the elections.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, May 30, 2015, In : Elections 



    Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe wants an intervention by the head of state, Michel Martelly, to allow the participation of former senior officials of the state in the presidential election.

    Arguing that the elections will be conducted from a decree, Mr. Lamothe argues that it is possible to issue a decree to all the candidates who do not hold clearance certificates are allowed to participate in elections. We need an election without exclusion, he said arguing that it is for the people to...

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    Haiti Corruption: Laurent Lamothe gave explanation on 3 billions spent post-Sandy

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Friday, May 29, 2015, In : Corruptions 



    His management at the head of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry is considered correct by the Court of Auditors. However, Laurent Lamothe has great trouble to do about his management at the head of the Ministry of Planning. The report of the Court to the Senate reveals numerous irregularities in the use of post-Sandy funds. The former Prime Minister, dismissing this latest report of the Court of Auditors has said Tuesday before the press and announced a protest in due form in front o...

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    Son of former Honduran president arrested for drug trafficking in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 22, 2015, In : Crimes 


    The son of former Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo, was arrested Wednesday night in Haiti during an anti-drug operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Haitian authorities.

    The news, according to the Associated Press, was confirmed Thursday by the former president and the Honduran government.

    After his arrest, Fabio Lobo, 43, was taken to New York to appear before a judge, according to a statement by the Honduran government. Lobo was arrested by Haitian authorities, ...

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    Avalanche of candidates seek to be president of Haiti

    Posted by AFP on Friday, May 22, 2015,



    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - A three-year political crisis that delayed local and parliamentary elections has done nothing to dampen Haiti's enthusiasm for democracy, judging by the avalanche of hopefuls now running for president.

    Taking charge of an impoverished Caribbean nation still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake and a cholera epidemic might seem a tough challenge, but no fewer than 70 candidates think they're up to the job.

    The incumbent, former pop star Michel Martelly, is c...

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    Breaking News: Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, candidate to the Haitian presidency

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    The list of presidential candidates published by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) the body responsible for the organisation of elections in Haiti; shows the name of former Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe 
    as a candidate under the banner of the Peasant Platform (Platfòm Peyizan) ending months of speculations regarding his ambitions to the highest office of Haiti.

    Laurent Lamothe, before getting into Haitian politics, was a well known successful businessman; the co-founder and CEO...

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    Appeal granted to American man accused of molesting boys at his orphanage

    Posted by AFP on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, In : Crimes 


    Haitian justice authorities are making plans for a new criminal trial against a U.S. citizen who has been accused of physically and sexually abusing boys in an orphanage that he has run for decades in the impoverished Caribbean country, a top government official and lawyers said Monday.

    Michael Geilenfeld, an Iowa native and a former member of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity group, opened the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in the Haitian capital in 1985. He was arrested in September, but f...

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    Haiti made a million dollar donation to Nepal, devastated by two powerful earthquakes

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 18, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Haiti's president Michel Joseph Martelly has allocated a million dollar to the Nepalese government after two terrible earthquakes, less than three weeks apart from each other, have devastated the Asian Nation, leaving over 8.000 dead and over 19.000 injured.

    This donation was confirmed by the president's spokesman Lucien Jura, during his intervention at a popular political talk show on Radio Television Caraibes, Sunday morning.

    While the gesture of President Michel Martelly was appreciated by m...

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    Rapidly growing resurgence of cholera cases in Haiti need urgent attention

    Posted by on Friday, May 15, 2015, In : Health 




    UN coordinator for response to cholera in Haiti said it is understandable that media attention is now in Nepal, where a similar earthquake to Haiti occurred, "but we can not forget the anger."

    The cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to be the largest in recent history of the world , according to the UN senior coordinator for response to the disease in Haiti, Pedro Medrano Rojas. 


    Medrano said that it is understandable that media attention is now in Nepal, where a similar earthquake to Haiti occ...

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    Many countries express concern over reduction of UN troops in Haiti during upcoming elections

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 15, 2015, In : Security 

    The representatives of Friends of Haiti countries expressed Wednesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council, their concerns on the reduction of troops of MINUSTAH.

    The representatives of Canada, Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala argued that a viable downsizing requires proper consideration of the situation and the capacity of the Haitian state to ensure the safety of its population. The decision of the States should not jeopardize the gains made since 2010, they precised.

    Speaking on behalf of th...

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    Haitian government again asks UN not to reduce troops during upcoming elections

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Security 



    The representative of Haiti to the UN, Denis Régis, pleaded yesterday during the presentation of the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) to the Security Council on the need to maintain troops of United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) during the electoral process.

    Ensuring that the process leading to the holding of elections is on, Régis emphasized the "vital role of MINUSTAH to support the Haitian authorities to establish a secure and stable...

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    UN announced reduction of MINUSTAH budget

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Security 



    The UN Security Council yesterday received the report of the Fifth Committee on administrative and budgetary matters. The committee considered the draft budgets of nine peacekeeping operations for the period of July 1st  2015 to June 30th 2016.

    For the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah) the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon proposed a budget of $ 386 million, a decrease of 22% compared to the year 2014 / 2015.

    In its report the Advisory Committee on Administrati...

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    Breaking News: Sophia Martelly's Candidacy rejected

    Posted by Miami Herald on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    Haitian first lady Sophia Martelly’s hopes of a political career in Haiti’s Senate may have been dashed.

    Several sources including a local Port-au-Prince radio program, known for breaking scoops, said late Tuesday that the National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) has rejected her candidacy.

    Richardson Dumel, the spokesman for Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), told the Miami Herald that “a decision hasn’t been announced yet.”

    Martelly filed last month to run for the Hai...

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    Hollande encourage french business to invest in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, In : Economy 

    French President Francois Hollande promised to support Haiti's efforts to build a better future. He encouraged French economic players to increase investment in Haiti. If you can not change history we can change the future, said Mr Hollande wishing that a joint commission evaluates opportunities in all sectors including tourism and education.

    The France will support the modernization of the Haitian education system, launched Hollande promised a special effort in teacher training. He promises t...

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    Francois Hollande called for better collaboration between the French overseas departments and Haiti.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, In : Economy 

    The French head of state François Hollande yesterday defined the basis for new exchanges between France and Haiti.

    In his speech Mr Hollande called for better collaboration between the French overseas departments and Haiti. These communities are more supportive than others of Haiti, he said.

    He recalled that the French, coming from the same origins as the Haitians, are animated by a great brotherhood towards Haiti.

    Several officials of French departments, including Victorin Lurel Guadeloupe, we...

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    Four important agreements signed between Haiti and France, during Hollande visit

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, In : Economy 

    Following a head to head meeting between the presidents of Haiti, Michel Martelly and French Francois Hollande, members of the two governments had yesterday a working meeting at the National Palace. After this meeting 4 agreements were initialed in important sectors such as energy, aviation safety and education.

    In the energy sector, an agreement was signed between Electricité de France (EDF) International Networks and Electricity of Haiti (ED'H). The French experts will help to develop a fin...

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    Opinion: France's empty, meaningless morale "obligation" towards Haiti, non merci

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, In : Op-ed 
    When France's president François Hollande last week, said during his inauguration of the Caribbean Center expressions and trafficking memory and slavery (ACT) at Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, that he would fulfill France's debt towards Haiti, many hopes were aroused, hopes that were soon to be disappointed.

    To understand what all this fuss in local, international and social media was all about we need to go back to the very founding of Haiti. The founding of this poor, seemingly irrelevant ...

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    Many important cooperation agreements between Haiti and France will be signed during historic visit of French president Francois Hollande

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 11, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    During the visit of French President Francois Hollande, in Haiti, on May 12, cooperation agreements in relation to energy, vocational training, education and food, will be signed by ministers the two countries in the presence of the two heads of state, said on Friday, 8 May, the spokesman of the government.

    Bilateral be held, particularly between the two presidents and the French and Haitian ministers, he adds.

    The Minister of Communication stresses that the French delegation will come to Haiti...

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    Breaking News: French President François Hollande says that France will fulfill its debt to Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 11, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    When I come in Haiti [Tuesday, 12 May], I will discharge my turn the debt we have. "This statement made by François Hollande, Sunday, May 10, at Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), during his speech inauguration of the Memorial dedicated to slavery act was greeted with standing ovations and immediately aroused many hopes. But they may be disappointed.

    A 211 years old "ransom of independence" of 17 billion euros

    Haiti took its independence from France in 1804, after 14 years of battles between the sl...

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    French president Francois Hollande began his Caribbean tour, where he will make historic visit to Haiti

    Posted by AFP on Saturday, May 9, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
    Le président François Hollande lors des cérémonies du 70e anniversaire de la capitulation allemande qui a mis fin à la II guerre mondiale, le 8 mai 2015 à Paris, quelques heures avant son départ vers les Antilles

    Francois Hollande on Friday began his tour of the Caribbean in St. Barthelemy and St. Martin, two small islands of the French Antilles where he is to participate Saturday and Sunday in Martinique and Guadeloupe in two major international meetings on climate change and memory of slavery.

    "Thank you? Be here (...) Thank you for waiting so long," he told Mr. Holland, arrived at 17:00 local (2300 in Paris), warmly welcomed by hundreds of locals and tourists just outside the small airfield of Gusta...

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    Ndaba Mandela wants Africans to invest in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : Economy 

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    The little son of Nelson Mandela, Ndaba, considers himself an ambassador of Haiti. After a 4-day visit in late April, the Unicef ​​ambassador promised to work to break down barriers between Haiti and Africa.

    During his visit Mr Mandela held talks with Haitian officials, including the Minister of Sports, Jimmy Albert and Minister of Culture, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin. One of the first fruits of the visit of Mr. Mandela will be the organization in September o...

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    US Embassy in Haiti won't comment on the issue of American citizenship of some candidates

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince does not want to comment on the issue of citizenship or renunciation of US citizenship of a person of foreign descent, but still is willing to assist the Haitian authorities to check the validity of a certificate of revocation of US citizenship, issued by the United States.

    "The US Embassy does not comment citizenship or loss of citizenship of anyone," said  General Consul of the United States to Port-au-Prince, Robert F. Hannan, during an interview with the ag...

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    Trinidadian businessmen interested in business opportunities that Haiti offers

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Economy 

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    The Haitian and Trinidadian's  chambers of trade  jointly conducted a working session on the business opportunities in Haiti. The session "Doing Business in Haiti" is performed as a prelude to a trade mission of 5 days in Port-au-Prince in June 2015.

    The president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Nirad Tewarie, urges companies to take advantage of the huge market potential that Haiti offers. He stressed that Haiti enjoys the advantages of ...

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    New York Representative Rodneyse Bichotte observes hunger strike to denounce the denationalization of hundreds of thousands Dominicans of Haitian origin

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Migration 
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    The representative of the 42nd District in the House of Representatives State of New York Rodneyse Bichotte, of Haitian descent denounced and condemned yesterday during a press conference in parliament headquarters in Albany, injustice and denationalization of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans born in the Dominican Republic, following the judgment adopted by the Constitutional Court of that country 23 September 2013.

    "Today, elected officials, human rights activists, we call on the House of ...

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    Haiti Economy: US lawmakers will soon passed the HOPE bill into law

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Economy 

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    The House of Representatives and the US Senate must analyze in second reading before the end of this month the new version of HOPE / HELP (Haitian hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership for Encouragement).

    The document was approved on April 22 by the Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and April 23 by the Finance of the US Senate Committee Commission. The new version of the text was submitted to the two branches of the US Parliament by members of the Dem...

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    MINUSTAH will withdraw all its troops in 6 out the 9 Departments of Haiti in August of this year

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Security 



     The Haitian Chancellor Lener Renauld, will participate on Thursday in the United Nations Conference on Peace keeping missions.

    During the discussions held in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mr. Renauld must reiterate the position of the Haitian government in regard to the judgment of the withdrawal of troops from the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The troops of MINUSTAH must disengage completely in 6 geographic departments before the legislative in August, 2015.

    The Haitian government has emphasized the...

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    A Haitian migrant assassinated in Dominican Republic

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, In : Migration 
    A Haitian migrant was killed by gunmen in the town of Pontón, municipality of the province of Navarrete (Santiago) reported yesterday the Dominican police.

    According to preliminary police investigation the victim, Pierre Jean, 32, lived at the Popa pension, in Navarrete, with his wife.

    The wife of the victim, Rosita Mishell, 32, revealed to the police that they had been assaulted on the Duarte highway by two armed men on board a motorcycle. Reached several projectiles  Pierre Jean was killed, ...

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    3.500 Haitians and Zimbabweans in Canada face deportation on June 1st 2015

    Posted by Roxane Léouzon Metro Press on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Migration 
    If they have not made an application to regularize their status by June 1, 3.500 Haitians and Zimbabweans in Canada face expulsion. But the bodies mandated to assist are overwhelmed and feel it will be impossible to complete all applications on time.

    "In the best case, we can successfully fill 1,000 applications. It is off the mark, "said Marjorie Villefranche, Executive Director of the Maison d'Haiti, one of the five Quebec by Quebec agencies to help those affected, most rejected asylum seeke...

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    Press Freedom: Haiti ranked 53rd out of 183 countries

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Human Rights 
    Haiti is ranked 53rd out of 180 countries, according to the latest world ranking of press freedom and freedom of expression, by Reporters Without Borders.

    Haiti experienced a regression of 6 places this year compared to last year when it was ranked in 47th position.

    This decline affects almost all countries, as we see in the report. If Haiti is ranked 53th, the neighboring Dominican Republic  occupies the 63rd position.

    For the fifth consecutive year Finland wins first place with a score of 7.52...

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    Dean of Quisqueya University, Jackie Lumarque enters presidential race

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Elections 




    The dean of the University Quisqueya, Jackie Lumarque, was designated the weekend elapsed presidential candidate of "Truth platform."

    The deputy coordinator of this political formation, René Monplaisir, indicates that members of the Truth Executive approved the nomination of Mr. Lumarque which presents the unifying profile.

    It reveals that Mr. Lumarque was very involved in several vital sectors of society. Activists and members of the management wanted someone who could bring all the vital sec...

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    Breaking News: Sophia Martelly renounced her American Citizenship to be candidate in the senatorial race

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 1, 2015, In : Elections 
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    After long hours of waiting, of discussion and heated debate, the BCEDs finally decided in declaring the First Lady Sophia Martelly able to run for the post of Senator for West Department. However this decision under the procedure must be validated by the electoral body CEP which should publish this Friday 1st May 2015 the list of approved candidates for the upcoming legislative. The information was confirmed later in the evening by the Haitian radio station Kiskeya.

    While acknowledging that S...

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    No certificate of discharge will be provided to former government officials, said Prime Minister Evans Paul

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 30, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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    Haitian Prime Minister, Paul Evans, argues that the government can not be judge and jury in this matter by granting discharge to personalities who served under the Martelly administration.

    Haitian Prime Minister, Paul Evans, has denied rumors of a draft by the Executive to grant discharge certificates to former ministers in order for them to be eligible for candidacies in the upcoming presidential, legislative and local elections.

    Asked about the government's behavior in this burning issue of t...

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    Haiti Corruption: Chemonics responds to Vice on HBO, about its documentary on Haiti Reconstruction Aid

    Posted by Center for Economic and Policy Research on Thursday, April 30, 2015, In : Corruptions 


    Chemonics Responds to VICE on HBO Segment on Haiti Reconstruction Aid


    Written by Jake Johnston
    Published: 29 April 2015
    On Friday, April 24, VICE on HBO aired a segment entitled “The Haitian Money Pit,” which focuses on the impact of aid to Haiti, now over five years after the earthquake. The episode takes a critical look at the billions in relief and reconstruction pledged to Haiti, finding that much of it went to U.S.-based contractors with little reaching those most in need.

    In the episode...

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    The candidacy of First Lady Sophia Martelly contested, questions over her nationality grow

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, In : Elections 



    Lawyers are talking laws. Everyone tries to make the cloth of the constitution to teir advantage. The Office of West departmental electoral dispute Tuesday protesters and defendants use the weapon of dialectics to convince the electoral judges. Discharge and dual citizenship, two major requirements for some legislative candidates as Sophia Martelly to elucidate, if they want to remain in the electoral race and have the passes of the CEP for the elections on 9 August 2015.

    Sophia Martelly, Stev...

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    Suspect in the killing of UN soldier, has been arrested

    Posted by Dominican Today on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Security 




    A Haitian national suspected of the shooting death of a Chilean military member of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been arrested in his country, according to local  media quoting Dominican Army sources in Dajabón (northwest).


    According to reports, the alleged killer of the soldier Andrés Rodrigo Sanhueza, was arrested at dawn Friday by Haitian police and MINUSTAH peacekeepers, along with two others in a mountain in Malfeti, Haiti, where they were hiding.


    Sanhueza, who was se...


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    Audits of former government officials: Some got a good report some not

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Elections 
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    While the question concerning discharge caused much ink and saliva during the election period, the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes studies the files of the former accounting for public money. The Administrative Court has indeed already deliberated on a range of issues that were pending. Others are being analyzed. As proof, the Court delivered last Tuesday, the audit reports of about 25 former managers of state funds in the Senate of the Republic for appropriate action. ...

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    Haitian government is seeking additional money for the organization of elections.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, April 27, 2015, In : Elections 




    Haitian Prime Minister, Paul Evans, met last Thursday with several representatives of the international community on the election financing folder.

    The Haitian government reveals that 50% of financial resources for the organization of municipal, parliamentary and presidential ballot still have not been mobilized.

    The representatives of donor countries of the electoral process including members of the Core Group ambassadors were present at this meeting. The Prime Minister has not provided detail...

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    The two accused kidnappers who were release by judge, banned from leaving Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 25, 2015,
    Woodly Etheard and Rennel Nelfort released by the judge Lamarre Belizaire on April 17, were again banned from leaving the country.

    According to information provided by one of the lawyers Woodly Etheard alias Sonson Lafamilia and Renel Nelfort alias Renel The reef, this ban has been imposed on Monday after the cassation appeal exercised by the Commissioner of government in Port au Prince, Ocman Dameus.

    Recall that the dean of the trial court in Port au Prince Jean Michel Raymond was placed on av...

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    Owner of sugar cargo where cocaine and heroine were found, makes press release

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, April 24, 2015, In : Crimes 



    Faced with the progression of derogatory rumors, comments and press reports, the company stock Bag and National Trading Co. Ltd., better known as the NABATCO, represented by its Director General M Marc Antoine Acra, wants to review the record of narcotics seized on MANZANARES boat and bring some facts to the public's attention. The NABATCO is in the sugar trade for over twenty years and has maintained more than ten years of excellent professional relationships with Colombian society CJ DE az�...

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    Breaking News: First Lady Sophia Martelly announced her candidacy to the Haitian Senate

    Posted by Miami Herald on Thursday, April 23, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Martelly filed Thursday to run for a Senate seat representing the West department, which encompasses the capital of Port-au-Prince.

    “What you suspected, it is so,” Martelly tweeted with a photo of her holding up her registration document.

    Whether Martelly would seek a Senate seat in the Aug. 9 legislative elections or attempt to replace her husband, Michel Martelly, in the Oct. 25 presidential balloting has been a subject of much speculation among Haiti watchers....

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    Judge Lamare Belizaire under investigation, after controversial verdict in favor of two infamous criminals

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 23, 2015, In : Corruptions 



    The Superior Council of the Judiciary (Supreme Council) opened an investigation to shed light on the verdict of a criminal court that allowed the release of two suspected gang leaders. Woodly Ethéard and Renel Nelfort, were released by the judge Lamarre Bellizaire Friday, April 17, 2015 in the context of criminal trials without juries.

    The judicial advisor Max Elibert ensures that the Supreme Council was informed of the scandal caused by the judgment called a "travesty of justice".

    "The admini...

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    Fallout from the release of two infamous criminals, close ally of Martelly, continues in Haiti and Internationally

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    The government represents the society and it is considered necessary to make this call because this release caused a scandal," said Haiti's Prime Minister Paul Evans, to the news paper late Tuesday evening, at a time when fuse reactions following the decision of the judge Lamarre Belizaire to free Woodly Etheart aka Sonson Lafamilia and Renel Nelfort on whom weighed heavy loads, including kidnapping against ransom, murder, illicit drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy.


    The Minister...

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    Haiti's Minister of Justice said that he disagrees with the kidnapping case ruling, that liberated ally of President Martelly

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Corruptions 
    "The prosecutors have misbehaved, the government  have exercised power reserved to the Supreme Court. We completely disagree with the prosecution ".

    So is the statement made by Haiti's  Minister of Justice, Pierre Richard Casimir, during his intervention  as guest of the day on a popular political talk show of Radio Vision 2000 in Port-au-Prince

    This statement by Minister Casimir, follows his embarrassment by at first, refusing to answer the host's question on the kidnapping ruling, that saw t...

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    The United Kingdom appoints Sharon Campbell as Her Majesty's Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Diplomacy 

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    Mrs Sharon Campbell has been appointed Her Majesty’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti. She will succeed Mr Steven Fisher, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. She will take up her appointment during October 2015.

    Mrs Campbell joined the FCO in 1983 and has held a range of positions in bilateral missions around the world. Her work has covered a wide range of issues including political, consular and financial policy along with commercial diplomacy...


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    Dominican President Danilo Medina received credentials of Haiti's new ambassador

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    President Danilo Medina today received the credentials of new ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti and Kazakhstan.

    The diplomats, who presented credentials in that order, are Juan Carlos Tirado Zavala, María del Carmen Larrea Chiriboga, André Daniel Supplice and Konstantin Zhigalov.

    Accompanying the Head of State Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández and Foreign Minister, Andrés Navarro, in a ceremony at the Hall of Ambassadors of the National Pala...

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    The Obama administration expresses concerns about ruling that freed infamous kidnappers in Haiti

    Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
    PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Obama administration expressed concern on Monday over the speed of a court ruling in Haiti that dropped charges against a man accused in a kidnapping ring who had close ties to the family of President Michel Martelly.

    On Friday, the judge freed Woodly Ethéart, who has known Mr. Martelly since they both worked in the music business, and Renel Nelfort. Mr. Ethéart and Mr. Nelfort are suspected of being the leaders of the Galil Gang, and they were indicted in March on cha...

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    Crucial test awaits Haiti's young democracy during upcoming elections

    Posted by AFP on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - After three years of delayed polls and simmering political unrest, Haiti's rusty electoral machinery is finally grinding into gear.

    By the end of the year, the impoverished Caribbean republic ought to have a newly elected president, parliament and local municipal governments -- a test for any developing nation.

    Haitians have not been able to vote in an election since popular singer Michel Martelly won the presidency in a controversial 2011 poll.

    Since then, presidential no...

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    Gonaives prosecutor fired after report of misconduct was leaked by Haitian media

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : Corruptions 
    The Ministry of Justice and Public Security informs the general public and the press in particular that, following the report of the Commission of Inquiry dispatched by the Ministry in the jurisdiction of Gonaives, the Head of the Public Prosecutor at the Court of First Instance that court, Me. Enock Géné GENELUS was dismissed for acting as parquetier on an already uploaded file to the investigating office. Such intervention is contrary to the principle of separation of functions of prosecu...

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    Big business seeks contracts on Haiti Dominican border projects

    Posted by Dominican Today on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Infrastructures 



    Santo Domingo.- The National Business Council (Conep) has established the "Quisqueya Dialogue" to identify projects which could develop the border area, its president of Rafael Blanco  announced Thursday.

    "Our effort is oriented precisely to create an investment climate of mutual trust between the Haitian and Dominican people," he said.

    The business leader said Conep seeks to avert the violence that has raged in recent days, "there in Haiti, as well as on this side, because there have been viol...

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    Haiti Corruption: Close friend of Michel Martelly, an infamous kidnapper, drug trafficker among other serious crimes, released by judge Lamarre Belizaire

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    Woodly Etheard, aka "Sonson La Familia" and Renel Nelfort, nicknamed "Le Recif" accused of organized crime, especially kidnapping, drug trafficking and money laundering, were released by the court on 17 April,  After an express judgement without the assistance of a jury.

    The accused were heard by the Criminal Court without juries chaired by Judge Lamarre Belizaire, which released them in the early evening, concluded in his ruling that the prosecution, which is the DCPJ; a task-force within th...

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    Haiti must guarantee safety of Dominican truckers, said Dominican Defense Minister

    Posted by Dominican Today on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Security 



    Santo Domingo.- Defense minister Maximo W. Muñoz on Wednesday criticized Haiti’s government for in his view Port-au-Prince’s failure to uphold the agreement to provide security to Dominican truckers who haul freight into that nation.

    He said the opposite occurs in the Dominican part of the island where its authorities provide security to truckers from Haiti. "There was an agreement with Haiti authorities to protect transport. They’ve failed on that part."

    The most recent incident occurre...

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    Several kilos of cocaine and heroine found aboard ship transporting sugar from Colombia to Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 16, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    For now, "several kilos of cocaine and ten kilos of heroin were found by officers from the BLTS aboard a ship carrying sugar from Colombia, revealed Inspector Gary Desrosiers, assisstant spokesman of Haiti's National Police, this Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

    The excavation of the Manzanares ship flying the Panamanian flag is still docked in facilities commonly called "Wharf Mevs" between the old Cité Soleil cabotage wharf and the site where the State rebuilt the wharf of Jeremie and other infra...

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    Small earthquake felt in Port-au-Prince

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 16, 2015,
    Residents of Gressier and Carrefour (south of Port-au-Prince) reported having felt the night of Tuesday, April 14, 2015 a quake. Citizens say their homes vibrated to 1 am on the night of April 14 to 15, 2015.

    No damage was reported by residents. The earthquake whose intensity was not disclosed was felt on the south coast between Mariani and Bizoton.

    Earlier this week Seismology Technical Unit (UTS) of the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME) indicated that in the first quarter of this year 23 earth...

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    Chilean delegation in Haiti to investigate killing of UN soldier

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 16, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    Less than 24 hours after the death of the Chilean peacekeeper of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a Chilean delegation led by Deputy Defence Minister Mr. Marcos Robledo made a trip to Haiti.

    The Haitian authorities have not provided details of the visit. Deputy Defence Minister Mr. Marcos Robledo and the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army General Humberto Oviedo collected include information on the circumstances of the death of Sergeant Andres Rodrigo Sanhueza ...

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    Manhunt underway at Haiti-Dominican border to find UN soldier's killer

    Posted by Dominican Today on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, In : Crimes 
    The violent protests which have been occurring in nearby Ouanaminthe since Monday and which claimed the life of a UN (MINUSTAH) peacekeeper and injured a Haitian police agent has prompted Dominican Republic’s Border Guards (Cesfront) to heighten security at the border crossing near Dajabón.

    Cesfront commander Carlos Aguirre said patrols along the border have been increased, while MINUSTAH and Haiti’s Police occupied Ouanaminthe and seek the assailants suspected of the peacekeeper’s deat...

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    Ex-Haitian deputy arrested in Florida for drug trafficking

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    The former member of Petit Goave Limongy Jean Samson was arrested Friday, April 11, 2015 in Florida by US authorities, learned HPN.

    Jean Samson Limongy would be charged with Cocaine trafficking.

    Former parliamentarian is currently held in a detention center in Florida.

    According to information gathered, Jean Samson Limongy, would have been there 20 years ago, problems with the American justice

    Recall Jean Samson Limongy is a public servant. He is the deputy coordinator of the program of identific...

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    A UN soldiers from Chile killed during protest in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, In : Security 
    A Chilean soldier of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Rodrigo Andrés Sanhueza SotoSOTO, was killed in Ouanaminthe where tension was high on Monday, because of demonstrations demanding electricity.

    The soldier was killed when police backed by MINUSTAH intervened to break the national 6. No shots were then heard bursts which also injured a policeman and demonstrators.

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti (SRSG), Sandr...

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    Michel Martelly addresses the Summit of the Americas

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Monday, April 13, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    The Haitian head of state Michel Martelly, during his speech on the 7th Summit of the Americas focused on the significant progress that has been made in the electoral process. The horizon to lead a free, fair and inclusive elections is now clear said Mr. Martelly.

    With respect to the security of the elections Mr. Martelly has once again called for the continuation of UN troops during the electoral process. "The electoral process this year requires great caution, said the head of the state argu...

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    Protocol Faux-pas: Haitian president welcomed with Canadian flag during ceremonial greeting at the Summit of the Americas

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 11, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Panamanian organizers of the Summit of the Americas are apologizing for hoisting the wrong flag during the ceremonial arrival Friday, of President Michel Martelly of Haiti.

    Martelly, one of the last leaders to arrive at the regional gathering, was taken aback to find the flag of Canada floating along the carpet from his plane to the airport. 

    Visibly confused by the incident, Panama's interior minister, urged the Haitian president to walked over to journalists gathered on the tarmac , to thank ...

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    Breaking News: 19 dead in small boat sinking in northern Haiti

    Posted by Darbouze Figaro on Friday, April 10, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    At least 19 people died in the evening of Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the sinking of a small boat in the area of "Bac Bridge" between the common Borgne and Port Margot in the north of Haiti.

    The small boat which was carrying 50 people trying to reach the small island of the Turks and Caicos illegally, according to survivors, hit a reef before sinking.

    Twelve people who survived the sinking were rescued by fishermen and other members of the population. The research was ongoing throughout the da...

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    Martelly and Obama discuss elections during their meeting in Jamaica

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Friday, April 10, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
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    President Michel Joseph Martelly had a head-to-head with his counterpart Barack Obama on Thursday in Jamaica, over a year after the one at the White House in early 2014 in Washington. On his twitter account, the head of the Haitian State posted a picture with the caption "conversation with my American counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of CARICOM-USA in Jamaica."

    Michel Martelly, returned to Port-au-Prince in the middle of the afternoon before returning to Panama, where he...

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    More and more Canadian tourists are visiting Haiti

    Posted by The Canadian Press on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, In : Tourism 



    Although its white sand beaches can compete anywhere in the Caribbean, Haiti's troubled past has relegated the Pearl of the Antilles far behind its neighbors when it comes to tourism.

    However, the government is trying to change this situation, and the steps seem to be working. The influx of tourists has jumped 20% in 2013, according to new data released by the Ministry of Tourism.

    In total, the country welcomed 420,000 visitors. More than 33 000 of them from Canada, an increase of 60% since 201...

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    Haiti's foreign Minister's resignation won't change Dominican-Haiti's ties

    Posted by Dominican Today on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic Foreign minister Andrés Navarro on Tuesday said the announced resignation of Haitian counterpart Pierre Duly Brutus won’t change the bilateral ties between Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince.

    He said he expects the policy of engagement towards the neighboring nation continues, regardless of any change of the Foreign Minister. "We expect that a decision involving the Foreign Minister’s situation won’t alter the climate of harmony that we’ve now cultivat...

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    Torrential rains leave 6 dead and 800 families affected.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    Recent torrential rains that lashed the country have killed six people and affected more than 8000 families in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, according to the assessment made by Nadia Lochard, head of Civil Protection  for the West Department

    The town of Delmas recorded three dead, including a girl of 24 years who died from the fall of a wall of the old ruined church "On the Rock", located in Delmas 31, next to her home, informed Nadia Lochard.

    Two children aged 7 and 3 years ol...

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    370 pounds of Marijuana from Haiti seized by Dominican Police in Jimani

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 4, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    Police officers assigned to the Central Narcotics Directorate (DICAN), took 370 pounds of marijuana and three vehicles to dismantle a drug trafficking network with branches in Haiti, which were part of five suspected drug traffickers, including a Dominican police officer in Jimaní.

    He said among those arrested Councilman Luis Domingo Medina Trinidad, Luis Raul Reyes Alcantara, Ángel Félix Montero, Issa Emmanuel Sena and Miguel Angel Rivas Feliz, who are interviewed by staff DICAN and public...

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    11 Haitians among boatpeople in custody in Miami

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, April 3, 2015, In : Migration 


    Miami.– The U.S. Border Patrol said 16 people are in custody who they think were smuggled into the country and dropped off on Peanut Island around midnight.

    According to Border Patrol officials, two of the undocumented migrants are Dominican and 11 from Haiti, including two men, seven women, one teen and one infant. Three adults are from Ecuador.

    The boat suspected in the smuggling operation was found drifting near Peanut Island and later taken to the Coast Guard station in Lake Worth. All 16...

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    Haiti Corruption: Judge accused of embezzling millions, defends herself in open letter

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    In my capacity as current advisor, re-elected by the Senate of the Republic for 10 years in the Superior Court of Auditors and Contentious Administrative  (CSC / CA) and former president of this honorable institution, I live with anger and dismay large practices Current social where all that is judicial or administrative and sometimes technical, unwraps itself in public and delivered to the media's condemnation. I am even more amazed to find that people with the rank of consultants and admini...

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    Haiti Corruption: latest Maserati with Haitian Consulate plate, spotted in Miami

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, In : Corruptions 




    A luxurious car, Maserati, which sells for around $100.000, with Haitian consulate plate CHZ0132 has been spotted in a parking lot next to the Dominican Republic's Consulate in Miami.

    Picture of the back of the car, showing the Haitian Consulate plate was first shared on twitter by @AKurmanaev. The caption reads: 

    "The Miami Consul of Dominican Republic, where nearly 1 in 10 live on $2/day, drives Maserati. Tourism must be booming."

    This latest discovery comes at the time when the Martelly admin...

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    Breaking News: Major fire ravaging Haiti's pines forest

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



     Residents of Fonds-Verrettes are alerting authorities about a fire evolving for several weeks in the Pine Forest (West), according to testimony gathered by the agency AlterPresse online.

    "Since the end of February 2015, the smoke clouds are observed in the forest. But by the end of March, these small brush fires have evolved into raging flames destroying several acres of pines. Haitian authorities are not doing anything to stop this phenomenon, since they do not have the resources .

    "These fir...

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    $60 millions needed for the organisation of elections in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    The organization of the next elections requires a budget in the order of 50 to 60 million, said the President of the CEP, Pierre-Louis Opont, who was speaking Monday on the waves of media in the capital.

    The international community will fund the elections to the tune of $ 38 million. The Haitian government will contribute $ 13 million dollars. 38.5 million dollars are already available, said the President of the CEP.

    The budget for the implementation of the elections was to be published simulta...

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    Corruption: Haitian Court investigates public construction projects

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    Some public authorities are in the sights of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA). The Court of Auditors says that there was a carelessness that deserves investigation concerning public infrastructure construction projects. This is one of the conclusions of the report on the financial situation of the country presented last week by the Court Council.

    In this report, the CSCCA has greatly retarded the public infrastructure reconstruction after the earthquake. Curre...

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    Breaking News: 8 Haitians died in horrible car accident in Florida

    Posted by USA Today on Monday, March 30, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    Shocked members of a Florida church gathered Monday to mourn the loss of eight people who died hours earlier when their church van crashed in rural Southwest Florida.

    Ten other people were injured in the crash of the van, from the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce.

    "This is very sad — a tragedy," Philippe Dorce, who said his father-in-law and a cousin died in the crash, told the Palm Beach Post.

    Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said the van ran through a ...

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    Haitian man sentenced to pay $7,000 for disrupting American Airlines flight

    Posted by AP on Monday, March 30, 2015, In : others 
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    A Haitian man who forced a flight to be diverted after reacting angrily to a seat being reclined in front of him was ordered to pay more than $7,000 by a US court on Friday.

    The case was part of a series of three incidents dubbed the legroom wars, which unfolded over a nine-day period in August and September when passengers lost their temper over reclining seats, forcing US passenger planes to divert.

    Edmond Alexandre, 60, a resident of Paris, pleaded guilty to interference wit...

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    Breaking News: Haitian justice ask United States for the extradition of former Senator, in connection to the murder of Jean Dominique

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 30, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Former Senator of the Department of West Mirlande Liberus who now lives in Florida, is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Haitian justice against her in connection with the murder investigation of journalist Jean Dominique.

    According to information the warrant is issued this Friday against Myrlande Liberus Pavert following an order that is made to the Minister of Justice and Public Security Pierre Richard Casimir dated March 27, 2015, asking the United States government  to proceed...

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    Haiti is relatively stable, according to UN representative Sandra Honoré

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 30, 2015, In : Diplomacy 




    "The security situation in Haiti is relatively stable," that is what stated Sandra Honoré during her presentation to the UN Security Council on 18 March in New York.

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti has focused on strengthening the national police which will have15,000 agents in 2016 with the support of MINUSTAH.

    At the end of the report of Ban Ki Moon to the Security Council, Member States have maintained the 21-80 resolution providing for a g...

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    Club of Madrid asks UN not to reduce its troops in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 27, 2015, In : Security 



    The Vice President of the Club of Madrid and former President of Bolivia (2001-2002), Jorge Quiroga, conducted a two-day mission (11-12 March) in New York as part of the project "Promotion of Dialogue for Democratic Reform in Haiti. "

    According to a statement of the Club of Madrid mission, funded by the European Union. It aimed to advocate a continuation at the current level of military forces of MINUSTAH in Haiti until after the 2015 elections for this purpose upstream of the discussions of t...

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    Good signs so far on the electoral process in Haiti

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Friday, March 27, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is doing its job. The better. Several points in its schedule deemed "too tight" are already exhausted. Good signs for the elections. After registration of parties and groupings of political parties wishing to participate in the elections, the CEP won the bet to publish the list of those (parties) that are allowed to take part. We know that 105 political entities are approved from 192 registrants. Other political parties have the opportunity to catch the...

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    Haitian court publish damning reports of public funds mismanagement, corruptions on contracts given to Dominican companies

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Thursday, March 26, 2015, In : Corruptions 




    The spotlight is on the upper Court as the elections approach. The former managers of public funds wanting to participate in elections await the verdict of the Court of Auditors on their management. It is in this context that the Council of the Court issued a major report on public expenditure in the 2013-2014 fiscal exercise. A report that reveals numerous irregularities in the management of public funds during the period.

    In its report, the Superior Court of Auditors reviewed the projects la...

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    Haitian Court finds widespread mismanagement of Petro Caribe funds by government

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, March 26, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    Councils of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes presented Wednesday a report on the country's financial situation and the effectiveness of public spending for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This report allows the Court to identify a set of weaknesses in the predictive power of the state and management of Petro Caribe Fund, indicated the councils.

    This report presents the status and effectiveness of public finances in penny terms of the management of budget and expenditure re...

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    Should Haitian government liquidate national electric company EDH?

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, March 26, 2015, In : Economy 



    One of the biggest not so breaking news in Haiti lately has been the headlines about EDH , the national electricity company being bankrupt, to a point of not being able to even send invoice to its customers.

    EDH has been a bankrupt institution for years with annual deficit nearing $500 million; nearly half of the country's GDP.
    What most people don't know about EDH however, is that it is the largest Haitian institution in terms of financial transactions and facilities.
    Besides being the main dis...

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    EDH bankrupt, IMF threatens to withdraw support if Haitian government doesn't act

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Economy 


    The International Monetary Fund, IMF threatens not to sign an agreement with Haiti if the country continues to subsidize electricity for the equivalent of almost a third of its national budget.

    This information was relayed by the Civil Society Initiative, SAI, who has just published an alarming diagnosis of the situation of the ED'H in his fourth report in the SOCAPP project.

    According Rony Desroches, the ED'H knows an annual deficit of $ 300 million due to poor management of the institution bu...

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    2 arrests made in connection to the assassination of Jean Bertrand Aristide's former security chief

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Crimes 


    Police and justice have been held in check Tuesday before the local party Pitit Desalin in Delmas 33, while attempting to arrest three suspects in connection with the investigation into the murder of Oriel Jean.

    Activists from this platform are interposed to prevent security forces to execute the warrant in their possession against at least one member of this party headquarters Pitit Desalin.

    Note that two other people also suspected, as part of the investigation into the murder of Oriel Jean, ...

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    Dominican truck drivers complain of attacks in Haiti

    Posted by Dominican Today on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Security 



    Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s biggest truckers union (Fenatrado) on Tuesday denounced attacks on rigs loaded with cargo in Haiti, despite agreements between the two countries to protect freight.

    The alleged attack is the latest act of violence against Dominican truckers near busy border crossings during the last few weeks.

    It said the latest assault took place around 11 pm Saturday, on 24 trucks of its affiliates from the town of Cabral loaded with gypsum headed to a cement factory in ...

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    France says it is preoccupied by Haiti post-MINUSTAH

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Security 
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    We need to think, today, Haiti post MINUSTAH, "said Paul Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations Security Council last week, when considering the situation of Haiti by the Security Council.

    After thanking the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti of his presentation, Ambassador Régis, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, the French diplomat said he had carefully studied the report of the Secretary-Ge...

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    Opinions: Haitian elites roles in Haiti's broken education system

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Human Rights 
    Haiti has one of the most apparent level of disparity among its citizens then any other countries in the Americas. What is most notorious about Haiti's disparity is how the level of wealth is strictly divided across the racial lines; where the lighter skinned, or the so called mulattoes are usually the wealthiest, they are the Haitian elites.

    The mulattoes in Haiti make up about 20% of Haiti population, while the masses, the black masses, the poor make up the staggering 80%. Despite making onl...

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    Dominican market too reliant on US and Haiti

    Posted by Dominican Today on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Economy 


     The head of the Roundtable of Commonwealth Countries in Dominican Republic urged the country to focus on exploring new international markets for exports, noting that the US and Haiti's bans on Dominican fruits and vegetables send a clear signal and a reminder that ‘all eggs cannot be placed in one basket.”

    Fernando Gonzalez Nicolas said it’s not healthy for Dominican Republic to concentrate 64 percent of its exports on the US, Puerto Rico and Haiti markets. “The total Dominican export...

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    Haiti bans imports of fruits and vegetables from Dominican Republic

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Economy 



    Technical considerations are being discussed in relation to the ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from the Dominican Republic, said the Secretary of State for Animal Production, Michel Chancy, AlterPresse this Monday, March 23 .

    The public will be informed of the final decision in due course, informed Chancy, indicating that up to now, a report of the experts is expected.

    A temporary ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from the Dominican Republic was announced by the Ministry of Agricu...

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    Breaking News: French President Francois Hollande set to visit Haiti May 12

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 23, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
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    The French President François Hollande will travel to Haiti on May 12, after his visit to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cuba.

    The information was confirmed by The Elysee on its website.

    Recall that Haitian President Michel Martelly met with his counterpart of the French Republic, François Hollande, October 31, 2014 in Paris, as part of a European tour that had also led to Germany.

    Note that in the margins of the 14th Francophonie Summit which was held in Kinshasa (DRC) Mr. Martelly and Mr. Hollan...

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    PetroCaribe: Haiti and Nicaragua most affected by oil prices drop

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 23, 2015, In : Economy 



    The continued drop in oil prices on the international market continues to mortgage the future of Petrocaribe and some members of this agreement are found more vulnerable than others. The revised budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal informs Haiti, just for the first quarter of this year, recorded a shortfall of more than 10 billion gourdes, or less than 49% of expected revenues.

    The signals announcing the death knell for PetroCaribe are becoming more louder. The results are beginning to be known, th...

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    The International community is seeking $400 million for Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 20, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    The international launch of the Transition Call (TAP) for Haiti was held March 13, 2015 at the United Nations' palacein Geneva.

    A statement from the UN mission in Haiti, said that the Call is seeking funding of US $ 401 million for the 2015-2016 period to reduce extreme vulnerability and building resilience in Haiti.

    "Five years after a devastating earthquake the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has decreased. However, Haiti remains fragile and highly vulnerable to natu...

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    Bill and Hillary clinton, a former Haitian Prime minister and Haiti's gold mines

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    In a book coming out in the US, we learn that the former co-chair of the IHRC, Jean Max Bellerive, and brother Bill Clinton, also a former president of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC), want to help a company to own gold reserves of Haiti estimated at $ 20 billion.

    51, Peter Schweizer, American conservative, president of "Government Accountability Institute," author of several best-selling denouncing corruption policies, including "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Thei...

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    Breaking News: Jean Bertrand Aristide's former security chief assassinated in Port-au-Prince

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, In : Crimes 



    Oriel Jean, former security chief of the National Palace during the presidency of Jean Bertrand Aristide, was shot dead on Monday in Delmas 30, by individuals on a motorcycle, told the deputy spokesman of the PNH, the inspector Gary Desrosiers .

    The former strongman of the National Palace was returning from a commercial bank when he was shot, but the money has not been taken, confirmed Commissioner Alain Augustin, head of the Delmas police station. 

    The assassination of Oriel Jean would be well...

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    Breaking News: President sign electoral decree for the organisation of overdue elections

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    The electoral decree was passed Monday by the Executive to the National Press for publication in the official newspaper Le Moniteur, the prospect of new elections announced for this year.

    The spokesman of the Presidency Lucien Jurat who made the announcement, said the text was signed on Monday by the Government Council.

    Meanwhile, the National Identification Office (ONI) states that it is working together with the CEP (Provisional Electoral Council) to the purification of the electoral list.

    Its...

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    Infamous former Minister of Justice, Josue Pierre Louis, accused of rape, nominated by Haiti's Prime Minister as his general secretary

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Corruptions 
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    The former president of the Permanent Electoral Council and Minister of Justice, Josue Pierre Louis who was recently rejected by Belgium as  Haiti's ambassador to the Belgian Kingdom and to the European Union, partly for his involvement in the alleged rape of one of his colleagues back in November of 2012; has been designated by Haiti's Prime Minster Evans Paul as the primature's General Secretary.

    The designation of the infamous Josue Pierre Louis in yet, another high profile official positio...

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    Haiti will not issue apologies to Dominican Republic, said Haitian foreign minister

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
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    Haiti will not issue apologies to the Dominican Republic after the escalation of the consulate of the neighboring state, this is what said Friday the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dully Brutus. The chancellor, who criticizes the silence of the Dominican authorities dealing with violence against Haitian nationals on the other side of the border, says it was necessary for the Haitian government to raise the tone.

    "For us, there is no question of an apology. A Haitian was killed, our flag ...

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    UN Pick Up truck set ablaze in Port-au-Prince

    Posted by HPN on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Security 
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    A car belonging to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was burned, Friday, Feb. 27, at the rue St honored in the vicinity of the General Hospital, says HPN.

    The vehicle is a registered pickups A 20874.

    The fire was extinguished quickly by agents of the fire brigade rushed to the scene.

    The package was committed by unidentified individuals in the group.

    Meanwhile, students protesting at the Faculty ethnology to Magloire Ambroise Street, to continue to demand the release of...

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    Haiti presented the OAS its Withdrawal as Host of the General Assembly

    Posted by OAS press release on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Diplomacy 




    February 27, 2015




    The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

    The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Represe...

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    Dominican Republic celebrates 171 years independence from Haiti as tensions between the two nations heighten

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti continue to reach new heights as the Dominican Republic today celebrates its 171 years independence from Haiti, in 1844.

    Many anti-haitian protests have been observed in different parts of the country during the occasion and most Haitians living in the Dominican Republic have been obliged to stay home for fear that something might happen to them.

    Dominican President Danillo Medina during an address for the occasion reminded that the Dominican Re...

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    Dominican Bar Association urges Dominican authorities to investigate recent lynching of Haitian man

    Posted by Dominican Bar Association on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Human Rights 
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    The Dominican Bar Association urges the government of the Dominican Republic to conduct a thorough investigation into the recent death, brutal, and in public of "Tulile" that 19 year old, of Haitian origin, who was hanged from a tree in a park in the city of Santiago, the second city of the Dominican Republic.

    Recently, it has been widely reported that the anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic had reached a record level.

    Also, because racism, hate crimes and public lynchings are anat...

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    Breaking News: Dominican Republic's embassy in Haiti attacked by protesters

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, February 26, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    On the night of Wednesday February 25th, after a peaceful march by numerous human rights organisations for Haitian migrants across the border, the embassy of the Dominican Republic in Port-au-Prince has been attacked by a group of individuals, throwing rocks, while a few others climbed the walls of the embassy's compound and took down the Dominican flag and then raised the Haitian flag instead.

    The rift between the two nations that share the Island of Hispaniola continues to widen year after y...

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    Haiti Breaking News: 17 Year old teenager faces 15 year in penitentiary for throwing water bottle at the president

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, February 26, 2015, In : Crimes 
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    Kinderson Edras, a 17-year-old accused of throwing "an object" against President Michel Martelly on February 21 at the Champ of Mars, during the national funeral of the 16 carnival victims; is incarcerated in the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, confirms André Michel, his lawyer.

    After his arrest, Kinderson Edras was interrogated not by the police who arrested him, but by the Government Commissioner, then transferred to the National Penitentiary and not the juvenile rehabilitation cen...

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    Haiti's Ministry of Tourism officially launches TV promotion ads of Haiti in the US

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, In : Tourism 




    Haiti's Ministry of Tourism has officially launched video campaign promotions of Haiti as a tourist destination in the United States, especially in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey  and Connecticut, among other cities with large Haitian, and Haitian -american population.

    These ads will be featured in some of the United States largest' cables such as CNN, Discovery Channel, Food Network, A&E etc...

    The dynamic Haitian minister of tourism have worked hard to put Haiti back in the travel...

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    Nancy Pelosi released statement after recent visit to Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement following meetings with President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Evans Paul and other high ranking Haitian government officials during this visit to the country on Saturday:

    “Following our U.S. Embassy country team briefing in Port-au-Prince, we visited two initiatives funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development.  We learned of the great work the Zamni Beni Foundation is doing to provide a home and care for ...

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    Haiti recalls its ambassador in the Dominican Republic after recent spike of anti-haiti crimes

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    Haiti has recalled for consultations its ambassador in the Dominican Republic. After two days of discussion with the ambassador and other representatives of Haiti to the Dominican Republic, Haiti's Foreign Minister Duly Brutus said Friday a set of provisions to protest violence against striking Haitian nationals.

    The Haitian ambassador Fritz Cinéas, consuls and all the heads of mission in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince since Wednesday. During the last two days, Haitian ...

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    Haiti holds National Funeral for 16 victims of the carnival accident, in Champ de Mars

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    Funeral for the 16 ultimate victims at Haiti's second day carnival celebrations, are being held today, Sunday February 21, at the Champ de Mars; the location of where the carnival was being held and the accident happened.

    16 coffins  aligned next to one another are draped with the Haitian Flag and many flowers are deposited in front of them, the funeral hasn't commenced yet, but already lots of people have shown up to pay their respect to the victims of that terrible tragedy.

    There were few rum...

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    UN Independent Expert, set to visit Haiti for 10 days

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : Human Rights 



    The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallon, will next week an assessment visit on the situation of human rights and especially the civil and political rights.

    The independent expert will analyze the situation a few days before the launch of the electoral process. "The current pre-electoral context deserves special attention, and I would like to inform me of the situation more directly in the field," said Mr. Gallón.

    During this 10-day visit Mr Gallón s...

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    Haitian government annouces new safety measures after terrible national carnival accident

    Posted by Reuters on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : Security 



    The Haitian government raised the death toll from Tuesday's electrocution of a carnival float to 18 and said it was exploring measures to prevent future incidents involving overhead high voltage power lines, the Minister of Communication announced on Wednesday.

    Most of the dead, 15 men and 3 women, died during a stampede after one of the floats carrying a popular band hit an overhead electric cable causing a sudden large flash that caused a crowd of spectacular to panic. The death toll was pre...

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    Opinions: Do Haitian authorities bear responsibility for the carnival accident ?

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : others 
    The horrible accident that happened during the second day of Haiti's famed National carnival, leaving 16 dead and another 78 injured, forcing the Haitian government to cancel the last day of the festivities and to hold a peaceful, silent march in honor of the victims instead.

    But what is different about this accident than the many horrific ones, with greater body counts than this one? 
    For the first time since Haiti's been holding a National Carnival, has it been cancelled due to an accident or...

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    Silence march held in memory of Haiti's carnival accident victims

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



     A white parade was held today at the Champs de Mars in memory of the victims of the accident on the second day of the national carnival. The President of the Republic Michel Martelly, the Prime Minister Evans and other members of the government marched in silence on the course of the carnival.

    Several thousand people were also present at the parade instead of the traditional sound show, a sign of respect to the victims of the accident on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

    The Head of State took the o...

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    Breaking News: Haitian government cancels last day of carnival celebration and announces national mourning and funeral for electrocuted victims

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
    The Haitian government has announced the cancellation of the third and what would have been the last day of Haiti's carnival celebration after the horrible accident yesterday which had left 16 people dead  and another 78 gravely injured, after one of the musical floats hit a high voltage electrical cable. 

    The Haitian government, during a press conference said that all carnival activities were cancelled and that a silence march will be held instead today at 5PM at the champ de mars, where the ...

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    Breaking News: At least 20 electrocuted and 40 seriously injured during Haiti's second day carnival

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    A horrible accident during the second day of the national carnival in Haiti has left at least 20 dead and over 40 seriously injured.

    One of the musical floats hit a high voltage electrical cord, near the MUPANAH museum.
    15 of the victims died instantly, the others died at the Haiti's State University Hospital which is also caring for the 40 critically injure.

    The lead singer of the popular creole rap group Barikad Crew known by his stage name Fantom is in critical conditions, witness says that h...

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    OAS said that the organization is taking note in the electoral evolution in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 16, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    The Group of Friends of Haiti to the Organization of American States (OAS) held a meeting this week at the institution's headquarters in Washington, DC, under the chairmanship of the Deputy Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin.

    according to a statement from the OAS, at the meeting, Ambassador Ramdin, the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Bocchit Edmond, as well as representatives from other Member States, observer countries and international organizations have examined 'prog...

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    Lynching of Haitian man won't strain Dominican Republic's relationship with Haiti said Dominican foreign minister

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 14, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Santo Domingo.- Foreign Minister Andrés Navarro on Thursday said sectors that seek to strain relations between Dominican Republic and Haiti hide behind the recent burning of  Haitian flags and other violent actions across the country. The official didn’t identify those sectors.

    Navarro said despite that some people look to profit from these types of mishaps, the Government aims to further strengthen relations and maintain dialogue between both nations.


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    Dominican's Republic holds meeting to discuss border situation with Haiti

    Posted by Dominican Today on Saturday, February 14, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    Independencia, DR.– The Foreign Ministry held Saturday a working meeting in the Independencia province with the local authorities of civil society, aimed at analyzing the situation on the Dominican-Haitian border.

    The meeting, headed by Foreign Minister Andres Navarro, dealt also with the  economic and social reality that the inhabitants of that province have to face.

    "We can not speak of an effective and positive bilateral relations with our Haitian neighbors if the Foreign Ministry has no p...

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    Haiti's Tourism Ministry starts a promotion of Haiti on American TV

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 14, 2015, In : Tourism 


    The Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries, Stéphanie BalmirVilledrouin, conducted this Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Consulate of Haiti in New York to launch a promotional campaign to Haiti through the American TV channels by cable , reads a note of government communications.

    This campaign aims to confirm Haiti as a tourist destination will be through "promotional spots of the destination, for a period not exceeding 30 seconds will run from February to May 2015 on channel 650 of t...

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    Breaking News: Haitian man found beaten and hanged to a tree in the Dominican Republic.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Crimes 



    The murdered man, Jean Claude Jean Harry, was a "Shoe shiner known and appreciated in his neighborhood in Santiago," said Garr, who said he learned with dismay the murder of this nice man.

    According to Zopete Marino, an influential Dominican journalist, this crime is a clear message and the result of anti-Haitian campaign by well-known sectors. "Neither the Dominican government nor the police will make us swallow this salad," he said infuriated.

    This ignominy has been committed in a context whe...

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    Ex- senator abandonned his post as president of the Haitian senate, replaced; then came back after a month to reclaim his former role

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    After exactly one month of absence, Senator Simon Desras Dieuseul, accompanied by the magistrate, Mr. Fred Legerme Marie, and his lawyer, Hannibal Coffy, makes his comeback in the Senate.

    With a decision of the court sharply ruling in his favor, Desras intends to pick up his former chair now occupied by his colleague Andrice Riche, former vice president of the senate.

    In January, the former president of the senate who had been invited to as a former parliamentary activity, had summoned the Hait...

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    Strictly Confidential UN investigative report shows selling of UN peacekeeping jobs in Haiti and the Congo

    Posted by Inner Press City on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, In : Corruptions 



    Four days ago, a “Strictly Confidential” UN investigative report showing the selling of UN Peacekeeping jobs in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo by an Ivorian diplomat at the UN was exclusively published here. This reporter asked the UN about it on February 9, and sent a copy to the Panel reviewing UN Peace Operations. On February 10, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq read out a partial answer to the previous day’s questions, attempting to put the scandal back in the box. ...

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    Breaking News: Haiti's Provisionary Electoral Council set definitive dates for the organisations of overdue elections

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    The Provisional Electoral Council has unveiled Tuesday a new electoral calendar. Under this timetable, the legislative elections should be held in July 2015 and the presidential in October. With the second round of presidential elections, municipal and local elections scheduled for January 2016, the new Electoral Council affirms its determination to renew the entire political staff by February 2016.

    No more suspense. There will be two elections in 2015. The elections are set in July...

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    Grave corruption charges against Dominican senator, show involvement of Haitian government officials

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Corruptions 

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    In the corruption trial brought against the Dominican Senator Felix Bautista, this merchant tailor became a multimillionaire in a few years, the prosecution said that the funds used by the ROFI SRL firm to build apartment complexes in the city of Santiago  where from the public treasury

    The lawyer for Mr. Bautista said that the legal origin of the funds used to acquire the land used for the construction of the apartments is unassailable.

    "The resources used to acquire the land and...

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    US embassy in Haiti put out cautionary recommendations to American citizens who will participate in Haiti's upcoming National Carnival

    Posted by US Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Security 



    The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince would like to remind US citizens in Haiti as the official carnival celebrations, will be held this year in Port-au-Prince on 15-16 and 17 February. While these are the official dates, traditionally the festivities begin before that date. You can expect all the disadvantages at the carnival (trafficking gangs "RaRa" random in the streets, road closures, crowd, etc.) will increase with the approach of the official dates. The Embassy urges all US citizens to be v...

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    Commercial activities in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince slowly getting back to normal

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Security 
    The commercial activities begin tentatively to resume Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, on the second day of a two-day strike call launched by the opposition to demand lower fuel prices and the departure of President Michel Martelly .

    at Port-au-Prince, public transportation is still paralyzed, but alongside, the government has made available to the public extra buses.

    A few private cars were also noticed on the Delmas highway.

    But in other parts of the capital, activities are still at a standstill, At...

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    Breaking News: Haiti's Electoral Council promise new electoral decree by February 13

    Posted by Conseil électoral provisoire on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    Following the transmission of the electronic version of the preliminary draft  of the electoral decree Friday, February 6, 2015, the Provisional Electoral Council wishes to inform political actors and members of organized civil society, and other concerned with the organization of the forthcoming electoral contests that they have until Wednesday, February 11 at 4 PM during hours to send to the Board their comments and suggestions.

    The Electoral Council informs that the final version of the dra...

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    Haitian police regain control of the streets of Port-au-Prince after days of violent protests

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Security 


    Following a string of great violence by protesters asking for the depart of President Martelly, in recent weeks, leaving hundreds of governmental and private cars, city buses, residences and public structures vandalized. On February 7th, 25th anniversary of the overthrown of former dictator, defunct Jean Claude Duvalier,tens of thousands took the streets in the capital city Port-au-Prince most protests ended with protesters trowing rocks at the police and the police using tears gas, plastic b...

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    Haiti's political crisis turning into chaos and violence, protesters vow overthrow of Martelly

    Posted by Reuters on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—

    Anti-government street protesters plan to shut down Haiti's capital for two days starting Monday as the country plunges deeper into political and economic crisis even as many prepare for the annual Carnival, normally a time of peaceful revelry.

    Protest organizers are warning residents of the capital to stay off the streets during the two-day strike over gasoline prices saying those who venture out will be risking their lives.

    Prime Minister Evans Paul made an appeal for ...

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    Protests asking for Martelly to step down, growing bigger.

    Posted by RFI on Sunday, February 8, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    Anger opponents of President Martelly unabated, and many students are now joining the protests. In the hubbub of the claims, Mayson Toussaint, who is 29 years old and thought sickened by the current government, stops at micro RFI and does not mince words:

    "I lived and I saw all the barbarities of the Martelly government. It never ceases to orchestrate corruption and venality of this power. Today, it is a duty to remember rush us in this process so that the mafia strength embodied in the little...

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    United Nations presence in Haiti is illegal, according to former OAS representative in Haiti

    Posted by Hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 7, 2015, In : Politic 


    Haiti, MINUSTAH, "The presence of the United Nations in Haiti is illegal," says Ricardo Seitenfus

    The former Special Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti, Ricardo Seitenfus, participated Friday in a round table on elections at Quisqueya University (Port-au-Prince). During his speech, Mr. Seitenfus said that "the United Nations- presence in Haiti is illegal," noted VD6.

    The Brazilian professor said that the presence of MINUSTAH in Haiti does not conform to the Hai...

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    The Haitian National Police continues its work on dismantling criminal groups

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 7, 2015, In : Crimes 



    TheHaitian police reported the seizure of 13 kilograms of cocaine and 185 kilograms of marijuana in transactions primarily in January 2015.

    The deputy spokesman of the PNH, Gary Desrosiers says four firearms were seized and 5 vehicles confiscated during these interventions.

    The police continued investigations in the context of the fight against kidnapping. 8 individuals were arrested, says Desrosiers.

    The judicial authorities have launched search notices against 22 other gang members involved in...

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    Breaking News: Jacmel's Court orders Haiti's National Police to pay 400.000 gourdes in damages to journalist.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 7, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    The civil court has sentenced Jacmel Haiti National Police (PNH) to pay 400,000 gourdes to the plaintiff as damages in the case between the journalist Jeremiah Gerdy two policemen Alex Céus alias Arly and Daniel Erickson John, who had brutally assaulted her.

    Whereas since January, the verdict was rendered, this Thursday, February 5, 2015, by Monique Jean, the judge in the civil court office in Jacmel in the absence of both police and the civil party learns AlterPresse.

    In November 2014, the pl...

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    Breaking News: Residence of Haiti's ambassador in the Dominican Republic robbed

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    The house of the Haitian Ambassador in Santo Domingo, Fritz Cinéas, was robbed Thursday in mid-day by five individuals who wore the uniform of a well-known power company, reports the Dominican newspaper El Caribe.

    Burglars arrived in a vehicle bearing the insignia of the company and entered the home of the diplomat, pretending to be sent to do electrical maintenance. They stole an undetermined amount of money, valuables and important documents, the newspaper said.

    Ambassador Fritz Cinéas was ...

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    Scary Phenomenon known as revenge porn growing in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Crimes 



    In recent weeks, a phenomenon referred to as "revenge porn" has been growing strongly in Ouanaminthe (common North East department), according to information gathered by AlterPresse.

    Girls in full sexual romps videos are distributed everywhere throughout the city at the beginning of this year 2015, by ex-partners and friends.

    Some of the recordings would be made in places a little covered, even within schools.

    These tapes includes groups, straight, bisexual and gay sexual activities are circulat...

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    Dominican-Born Haitians Blast Santo Domingo’s Naturalization Plan

    Posted by Latin American Tribune on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Human Rights 


    SANTO DOMINGO – The Dominican-born children of undocumented immigrants from Haiti complained Tuesday that thousands of them will remain stateless in this country after the passing last week of the deadline to apply for naturalization.

    At a press conference, the Dominicans for Rights organization said that of some 53,000 potential beneficiaries of the naturalization law, just 8,755 were able to file their documents in time.

    The organization condemned the “absence of political will among the ...

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    Amnesty International sends open letter to Haiti's Prime Minister, Evans Paul

    Posted by Alter Presse on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Human Rights 


    The organization Amnesty International encourages the Prime Minister Paul Evans to make the issue of human rights a priority, in an open letter, published February 2, 2015, and accessed by the online agency AlterPresse.

    The state remains "bound to respect and to fully promote human rights for all in Haiti," although "the priority given by your government or the organization of local and parliamentary elections that have long overdue," said Amnesty International.

    The organization of these electi...

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    Haitian government announces second gas prices reduction in less than one week

    Posted by le nouvelliste on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Economy 
    After hours of negotiations, the Haitian government and members of public transport have found a new agreement on the price of gasoline at the pump. The price of gasoline has declined from 200 gourdes to 195 gourdes, diesel 167 gourdes to 157 gourdes and Kerosene 161-156 gourdes.

    It is the Minister of Communication, Rothchild Francis Junior, accompanied by representatives of the unions, who announced the news of the Prime Minister at 0:05 in the morning to an audience of journalists. The two s...

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    Reduction of gas prices in Haiti in a couple of hours

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 31, 2015, In : Economy 


    The communications minister and spokesman of the government, Rothchild François Junior, confirmed Friday that the prices of petroleum products will experience a relative decline in the coming hours. 

    Haiti purchases its oil from Venezuela through the Petrocaribe agreement, which allows Haiti to buy oil from Venezuela at a preferential price, and pay only half of the total sales up front while carrying the balance for 25 years. But as the price of oil continues to decline globally due to over ...

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    Samantha Power encourages all Haitian political actors to work together to organize overdue elections

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    The mission of the United Nations Security Council which visited Haiti from January 23 to 25, yesterday presented a report to the Board.

    The Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ms. Samantha Power, in her speech expressed concern due to the loss of some control over presidential power. She said that all parties should "intensify efforts for a constructive dialogue to ensure free and fair elections" in Haiti.

    Samantha Power, who co presided the UN Security Council...

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    Haiti's President assured world leaders that elections will be held in Haiti this year

    Posted by Haitian Press Network on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Diplomacy 


    Participating in the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of States of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC), President Michel Martelly assured the world that elections unfulfilled for four years now, will take place this year. All conditions leading to these electoral contests are now met, suggested Michel Martelly.

    'Haiti is now putting the focus on the elections,' 'dropped Haitian President Michel Martelly in a speech on Thursday, in front of twenty heads of Stat...

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    Haitian Government asks UN not to reduce its troops in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Security 


    The Haitian government yesterday asked the United Nations Security Council not to reduce the number of UN troops in the country as the elections approach. The Haitian Minister of Justice made this request while the Security Council ambassadors visited the country's only police academy.

    "I invite the Security Council not to reduce the number of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) during the election process. Rather, it is necessary to increase the quotas of the UN mission" ...

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    UN Security Council arrive in Haiti for three days visit

    Posted by AP on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    U.N. Security Council members are in Haiti for a three-day visit aimed in part at urging the government to hold long-delayed municipal and legislative elections.
    Council members arrived Friday and expect to meet with officials including President Michel Martelly during their stay. Martelly began ruling by decree last week when Parliament was dissolved after legislators' terms expired amid a political stalemate.
    The U.N. said in a statement that it also will assess the implementation of council ...

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    Belgium rejects the designation of Josue Pierre Louis as Ambassador

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
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    The former president of the Permanent Electoral Council and Minister of Justice Josue Pierre Louis has not been accepted as the new Ambassador of Haiti by European and Belgian authorities. 

    Since his arrival in 2013, Josué Pierre-Louis has never been approved by Belgian and European authorities, reports the newspaper La Libre Belgique. 

    "He was denied accreditation, and we want him to go", said a Belgian diplomat. 

    According to the diplomat, Brussels had sent a formal letter last fall to the Ha...

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    1128 new officers join the Haitian National Police force

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Security 



    1128 police conducted Friday their official entry into the National Police of Haiti (PNH). Being peacekeepers, they are called now, like many others before them, to put themselves at the service of a community where the "indifference and provocation are never far away." 

    On the esplanade of the academy of the police school, emotion is evident on the faces of parents and police officers. The latter, after nine months of physical and theoretical training are to the wall and their arrival coincid...

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    Is Haiti still open for business?

    Posted by le nouvelliste on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : Economy 


    The flag marked "Haiti is open for business" is at half mast.The pro deal slogan did not take, and the Haitian businessmen do not want it.
    "Haiti is open for buisiness" nobody speaks in these last days. Neither the president nor the prime minister nor the new Minister of Economy and Finance have mentioned this mantra in their last public speeches.

    No new slogan is emphasized either.

    Wednesday, while the Davos economic forum opens in  Switzerland, Prime Minister Paul Evans participated in the fes...

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    Port-au-Prince Jazz Festival comes to an end

    Posted by Ticket Magazine on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : Tourism 
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    Chardavoine, Yellow Jacquets, troker, Ranee Lee, Sebastian Jordan, Maya Azucena. It's a nice handful of musicians from North and South America that ensured the official opening of the ninth PAP Jazz January 17 and 18 on two stages signed House (Sugar Cane Park) and Air France (Karibe hotel).

    They filled us with emotions by issuing skillfully with high dimension and successful, their musical themes, their titles dominate all rhythms. These artists from all backgrounds have sharpened our appetit...

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    US representative meets newly installed prime minister of Haiti, Evans Paul

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : Diplomacy 



    Prime Minister Paul Evans presented the Special Coordinator for Haiti at the US State Department the top priorities for his government.

    Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, 21 January 2015.- The Prime Minister Paul Evans, had, on Wednesday, at the Prime Minister, an important meeting with the Special Coordinator for Haiti at the US State Department, Tom Adams.

    The meeting took place in the presence of US Ambassador Pamela White, around issues related to the organization of elections, budget support and a...

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    Hundreds of thousands of illegal guns are circulating in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, In : Crimes 


    Between 250 and 260,000 illegal weapons circulating in Haiti, said the Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Godson Orélus this Tuesday, January 20, during a weapons destruction ceremony organized jointly and ammunition with MINUSTAH at the police academy on the road brothers.

    On this occasion, 195 firearms and 137 accessories, and ammunition were destroyed, said Godson Orélus, adding that this initiative is part of the struggle for the reduction of violence.

    The National Po...

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    Protests continue in Port-au-Prince, despite installation of new government

    Posted by hougansydney on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    The installation of Evans Paul, a political activist of long standing, and the formation of a consensus government, which includes representatives of a few political parties with a fringe of the opposition, hardly change anything. People in the street are still furious. Demonstrations to demand the departure of the head of state is growing.

    On Tuesday, they were several hundreds to tread the tarmac to demand the departure of President Michel Martelly and his new Prime Minister Paul Evans.

    Accor...

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    New Government takes place in Haiti

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Politic 



    Just as promised, Haiti's newly installed prime minister, Evans Paul has formed his new government. Just as expected, some ministers from the previous government of former Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, who was forced to resign over overdue elections, in an effort to resolve the political crisis that Haiti faces.

    Dr Florence Duperval Guillaume, who occupied the post of interim prime minister of Haiti, shortly following the departure of Laurent Lamothe, has returned to her original ro...

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    Breaking News: Haiti's new Prime Minister installed his new government

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Politic 
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    Formation of the new Cabinet of Ministers 
    January 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm 
    Sunday, January 18, 2015: The Secretariat General of the Presidency informs the general public that the Prime Minister, in agreement with the President of the Republic, process, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in accordance with the Constitution, to the formation of the Ministerial Cabinet . 
    The citizen Yves Germain Joseph was appointed Minister of Planning and External Cooperation; 
    The citizen Duly Brutus was appointed Minister of...

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    Evans Paul officially installed as Haiti's Prime Minister

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 
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    The end of the political crisis seems far away in Haiti. President Michel Martelly proceeded Friday, January 16 with the installation of a new Prime Minister, Paul Evans, a political opponent selected in December after the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

    Paul took office at a ceremony at the government headquarters in the presence of members of the outgoing government and diplomats accredited in Haiti, such as the US ambassadors Pamela White, and Sandra Honoré, the UN represent...

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    Evans Paul installed as new Prime Minister today

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 16, 2015, In : Politic 


    Since the Haitian parliament have been dismantled due to political gridlock between the executive and the legislative branch of government, there won't be any ratification process that must be gone through before the installation of a new prime minister.

    The installation of Evans Paul as the permanent prime minister of Haiti will take place today, Friday January 16th 2015 at 5:30 PM local time, have announced Lucien Francoeur, general secretary of the primature. 
    This news came days after the d...

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    Evans Paul promise new government by the end of this week

    Posted by le nouvelliste on Thursday, January 15, 2015, In : Politic 





    The Prime Minister appointed Evans Paul announced Wednesday the formation of his government by the end of the week, but did not provide details on the date of installation. He took the opportunity to announce that his government will cut ministerial posts and secretaries of states.

    After several rumors about his installation as Prime Minister Evans Paul said on the airwaves of a radio station in the capital that his government will be formed at the end of the week. He took the opportunity to e...

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    Radical opposition incite Haitians to violence.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    Lawyers activists fiercest opponents to current Haitian government, Newton St Juste and Andre Michel, called on the population to civil disobedience and self-defense against what they call an "aggressive system set up by the regime against the Haitian people."

    The country is facing a political disaster from this January 12, 2015, said Mr Newton St Juste, inviting people to use all peaceful weapons, democratic, to fight against the power in place which says does has done nothing to lift people ...

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    Haitian Parliament dismantled due to political gridlock, Martelly begins ruling Haiti by decree

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 





    No attempt to hold the National Assembly session postponed yesterday by Simon Dieuseul Desras took place this January 12, found Haiti Press Network. The presence of two or three deputies and senators were observed, up to 2 hours of the afternoon, the President of the Senate was not at the parliament.

    At the main entrance of the building, police officers (CIMO) guard stood.

    Small groups of journalists and administration employees went there to comment on the existence or non-existence of the par...

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    US ambassador to Haiti lobbying opposition to sign agreement before midnight to avoid crisis

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 12, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 




    Earlier Sunday, Haiti's President Michel Joseph Martelly have reached a deal with some of the country's opposition leaders to organize the overdue elections, and avoid the political crisis tomorrow. Despite the agreement however, the certainty of avoiding the crisis still remains unclear as the 6 senators from the opposition, opted out of participating at the closed door meeting at the Kinam Hotel in Petion Ville, where the agreement was signed, and they continue to demand the resignation of ...

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    Haiti, hours away from quake anniversary and greatest political crisis in over a decade.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, January 11, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    Haiti is just hours away from plunging into its greatest political crisis in a over a decade without an agreement between the executive branch and the Haitian Parliament whose mandate will expire tomorrow, for the organisations of the 3 years overdue elections, the root of the crisis.
    Coincidentally, tomorrow will also be the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that had left over 230.000 dead, a nearly equal number of injured and 1.5 million made homeless. 

    Haiti's President Michel M...

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    US Court says UN immune from cholera lawsuit

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, January 10, 2015, In : Crimes 





    A US judge says the United Nations is immune from lawsuits brought by international human rights groups on behalf of Haitian victims.

    A New York federal judge dismissed the case in a ruling Friday, January 9th, noting that the UN's charter provided broad legal immunity and that the international body hasn't waived it.

    Human rights groups and many legal scholars agree that the United Nations sacrificed its immunity by harming Haitians trough reckless sanitary practices sanitation. Early in 2010 ...
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    At the end of the day, Haitians are the ones responsible for foreign interventions in Haiti

    Posted by Le Nouvelliste on Saturday, January 10, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 






    The centennial year of the US occupation, Haiti ranks as the early twentieth century unable to settle its own affairs. By Monday, January 12, is, again, diplomats from the United States of America that will stop the fate of our country by weighing all their weight on the course of events. This does not mean that Haitians are not masters of their destiny, just as in 1915, they are unable to agree on the vital minimum necessary for the proper functioning of the nation and the state.

    In deciding ...

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    Prisonner released by presidential pardon, commits mass shooting inside a church

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Crimes 




    John Louis, 33, one of the 35 detainees held in Hinche civil prison who has just received a presidential pardon was at the heart of a shooting that have left 4 injured in a church in Hinche.
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    The event occurred at a prayer meeting in the Maranatha church, Tuesday, January 6 at about 7 PM. The former detainee arrested an officer of the civil prison in Hinche, Antime Exavier, which attending the religious ceremony.

    He accused the jailer for having caused unacceptable humiliation during his stay i...

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    Pope Francis Day of Memory and Hope for Haiti. 5 years after Earthquake

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Diplomacy 




    A delegation of 11 Haitian religious among them a woman left Haiti on Wednesday January 7th, to Rome, to take part Saturday January 10th, in a  journey to commemorate the devastating January 12th 2010 Earthquake; have announced the president of the Episcopal Conference in Haiti, (CEH), the Cardinal Chibly Langlois.

    "5 years after the earthquake of January 12th 2010, the Holy See wants to renew its communion and collaboration with the Church of Haiti and its solidarity with the Haitian people."...

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    US Embassy in Haiti released statement on crisis

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    The Government of the United States is encouraged by the ongoing negotiations to resolve the actual political impasse and strongly urges all parties to sit down and work constructively to find a Haitian solution that leads to inclusive elections. The US government reaffirms its support for the holding of credible and transparent elections in Haiti, which will require the participation of all political parties. The choice of the Haitian people can not accurately reflect the day of elections wi...
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    Breaking News: Judge Anel Alexis Joseph resigns

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, January 8, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    Judge Anel Alexis Joseph, the President of the Conseil Superieur du pouvoir Judiciaire (CSPJ) and the Court of Cassation, the equivalent of Haiti's supreme court, has finally resigned from his functions yesterday, this Wednesday January 7th 2015.
    His resignation came nearly a month after the presidential commission put in place by Michel Martelly to help find a solution to the crisis, recommended his departure, as well as that of then Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe and members of the ...

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    Haitian Senate puts its own commission in place for advise over political crisis

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 



    The National Assembly session scheduled for today will not take place. At the end of the senatorial conference, the committee chairmen decided to set up a senate commission of five members from the opposition, the president's own party, and independents with a mandate to discuss with President Michel Martelly, before taking any parliamentary act.

    The decision to put in place a committee came after the failure of the National Assembly session on Monday, January 5th, where parliament was suppose...

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    UN Security Council ambassadors set to visit Haiti to encourage elections.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, In : Diplomacy 
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    Ambassadors from the United Nations Security Council will be in Haiti from January 23 to 25 for a mission in order to examine the situation in the country following the reduction of UN soldiers in Haiti, and most importantly to encourage the organization of elections, three years overdue.

    The council wish to " reaffirm to the Haitian government the urgent need to organize elections." Said the Chilean ambassador Cristian Barros, who will be presiding the council this January. 
    " There are unanim...

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    Michaelle Jean officially installed as OIF General Secretary

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, In : others 
    Michael Jean Elected Secretary General of Organization of Francophone States


    The Haitian-born Canadian Michaelle Jean, first woman and first non African at the head of the International Organization of Francophone states (OIF), has officially  been installed Monday as general secretary, announced the OIF. The ceremony took place at the OIF headquarters in Paris, where her predecessor Abdou Diouf officiallly stepped down after more than 10 years.

    Michael Jean was designated last November as general secretary by the head of states and of government of the OIF members dur...

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    Breaking News: Fatal car accident in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 5, 2015, In : Haiti Breaking News 




    A horrible car accident happened in the Cerca Cavajal region in Haiti's central department on the night of Sunday January 4th, which has left two people from the same family dead and two children seriously injured, according to Haitian Police investigator Gedony Belizaire.
    A Toyota 4 Runner with plate numbers AA83115, which was going at a very high speed, suddenly came crashing on a small house were 5 people were sleeping, leaving two dead instantly. Frederick Jean aged 61 and his wife Philom�...

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    Breaking News:Haiti's Ministry of Health denies Ebola rumors

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 5, 2015, In : Health 


    For the second time, Haiti's Ministry of Health and of the Population have had to publicly denies rumors on social media, about the Ebola virus being present in Haiti.

    Recent rumors have appeared on social networks, about an alleged first case of Ebola being detected in Haiti's northern region; in the Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite area.

    The minister of Haiti's public health, Florence Duperval Guillaume, who is also the interim Prime Minister of Haiti said about the rumors:
    " This is absolutely...

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    Uruguay will reduce its troops in Haiti by 60% in 2015

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, In : Politic 




    Monday, the Uruguayan Parliament took a vote to determine the faith of its troops in Haiti as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission, known by its french acronym MINUSTAH.
    After the much anticipated vote, where the entire Uruguayan Senate Chamber has voted on the new measures drafted to reduce and ultimately leave Haiti; the parliament announced that Uruguay will keep its troops in Haiti until February 2015, while withdrawing 60% of its effective during the rest of the year.

    As of rig...

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    Breaking News: Political agreement reached in Haiti, crisis likely to be averted

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Haiti's President Michel Martelly and the country's two houses of Parliament have reached an agreement late Monday, in efforts to avoid the worsening of the political crisis over elections, which has sparked massive protest across Haiti.

    This agreement will open the way for the ratification of a new head of government to replace the interim Prime Minister, Florence Duperval Gillaume, chosen after the forced departure of Laurent Lamothe.

    Under the agreement, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputie...

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    Breaking News: Evans Paul nominated as Haiti's new Prime Minister

    Posted by Hougansydney.com on Friday, December 26, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Haiti's President Michel Martelly has just announced via twitter his designation of Haiti's permanent Prime Minister, former Port-au-Prince mayor Evans Paul.

    " By presidential decree on the date of December 25th 2014, the citizen Evans Paul is nominated Prime Minister, in order to form a new government."

    The nomination of Evans Paul seems to be another effort by the President to make consensus to the radical opposition, as Evans Paul a former Lavalas who was elected mayor in the 1990 elections ...

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    Argentinians want their soldiers out of UN peace keeping mission force in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, December 25, 2014, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 


    Human rights defense groups in Argentina led by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Founding Line are calling on Argentina's chancellery to withdraw its soldiers as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in Haiti, citing recent protests against President Martelly where the Haitian National Police along UN soldiers had to use force to disperse violent protesters, the departure of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and the reports that are coming out of Port-au-Prince about UN soldiers using...

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    Haitian journalist fired after reporting sexual abuse and harassment by National radio and TV director

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, In : others 



    Seven employees of Haiti's National Radio and Television (RTNH), including two journalists has denounced in an open letter to the Minister of Women Conditions, acts of repeated sexual harassment from the head of the institution, on November 28th 2014. 
    In the flaming letter, they accused the director of " using his status of general director to persecute, humiliate and make into a thing all or nearly all women working at the RTNH who have refused to have sexual relations with him. 
    Following th...

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    Report of UN soldiers using lethal force against protesters in Port-au-Prince

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, In : Haiti's Political Crisis 

    Haiti political crisis continues to worsen as protests for the departure of Michel Martelly are turning violent, forcing the Haitian National Police and the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH, to intervene in order to protect lives and private properties. But tonight, many reports are coming out of Port-au-Prince about UN soldiers using lethal force in their efforts to disperse protesters, leaving four dead; after what started as a peaceful mar...


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    Breaking News: Michel Martelly chooses new Prime Minister for Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 22, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 




    A new Prime Minister has been designated in Haiti. Sunday morning, Enex Jean Charles, the Ministries Consul’s general secretary announced during a press conference:
    “I have the honor to inform you, that following the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe and of his retreat from the post, for personal reasons, Dr Florence Duperval Guillaume, The Minister of Public Health and of the Population, have been designated with the title of Temporary Prime Minister, in accordance ...


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    Haiti Political crisis is worsening

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, December 20, 2014, In : Politic 

    Haiti's opposition continues to mobilize massive protests, throughout Haiti, of which many have been bloody, asking for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, despite the recent resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in the hope of reaching a consensus to avoid Haiti's worst political crisis in over a decade. 

    The radical opposition refuses to even meet with the president for any discussion unless all their demands were met: The resignation of the President, and to expand the sen...

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    Breaking News: Laurent Lamothe resigns as Haiti's Prime Minister

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 15, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 
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    On Saturday, Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, has officially resigned as the country head of government. His resignation came days after the 11-members commission put in place by President Michel Martelly, to help him find a solution to the degenerating political cloud looming over the country, recommended the departure of Laurent Lamothe to help defuse the crisis.
    A number of protests have been organized by the 6 senators forming the opposition bloc in numerous cities across the countr...

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    Two Political Prisoners Released from Haiti's National Penitentiary

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, December 12, 2014, In : Politic 


    Thursday December 11th, two political prisoners have been released from Haiti's National Penitentiary. Rony Timothée and Byron Odigé's release came days after the Presidential Commission put en place by Michel Martelly to help him find a solution to the worsening of Haiti's political crisis; recommended the release of all political prisoners.
    The men were arrested this past October 26th during an anti government protest in Carrefour. Their booking documents showed that they were arrested for...

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    Breaking News: Presidential commission recommends resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    On November 28th 2014, Haiti's President Michel Martelly chose an 11-member commission to help him find a solution to the worsening political crisis of Haiti and was given a week to make their recommendations to the President. Today, the report is out and among the recommendations was the shocking call for Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to resign.
    The commission also suggested the resignation of the country's supreme court and the members of the CEP; the temporary body chosen to organized the ...

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    Breaking News: France issues travel warning for Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 8, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 


    Haiti enjoyed some good international press coverage in 2013 and for much of 2014, with news of many internationally reputed company entering the country's market. From the opening of many international hotels in Petion-Ville to the inauguration of an international airport in Cap-Haitian to accommodate the influx of tourists visiting the shores of the impoverished nation.
    Haiti's Ministry of Tourism had managed to put a robust social media campaign aiming at changing people's perspective of th...

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    Natcom has new Director at its head.

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Infrastructures 


    Mr. Hoang Van Ngoc is the new General Director of the second largest telecommunication company in Haiti, Natcom, operating in Haiti since September 2011. The new director promise to give  a new boost and a new image to the company and to also contribute in the development of Haiti. Mr. Ngoc also renew the company's commitment to improve the services provided by Natcom to its 2.4 million customers.

    " We strongly believe that each Haitian, rich or poor, from Cap Haitien to Les Cayes, must have a...

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    US Ambassador to Haiti met with opposition leader

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, In : Politic 



    US Ambassdor to Haiti Pamela White, at her demand met with the country's opposition leaders on Tuesday, for a closed door meeting with four of the country's major political parties, in the offices of Haiti's social democrat Fusion Party's location in Christ-Roi.
    Under heavy security form the Haitian Swat team Police, the Ambassador left the local of the meeting to face a group of angry protesters, shouting insults at her, and asking her to " Go home, go home!"
    Jean Andre Victor, one of the oppo...

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    Four of 34 Escaped Prisoners From Prison In Saint Marc have been recaptured

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 




    According to Haitian officials on Monday, 4 of the 34 prisoners who escaped the prison in Saint Marc Sunday morning, have been apprehended while the other 30 are still on the loose. Sunday morning it was discovered that the steel bars of the jail cell housing the men were sawed off, allowing them to jump over the fence that surround the compound and get away.
    Berson Solijour, Saint Marc's Police commissioner said that they have circulated photos of the men in the Artibonite region in central H...

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    Breaking News: 30 Prisoners Escaped From Jail in Haiti

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 1, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    About 30 prisoners escaped from a jail in Saint Marc, a provincial town 60 miles north of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. 
    Early Monday morning, police guards at the jail in Saint Marc discovered that the bars of the cells where the men were thought to be sleeping, sawed off, according to the Haitian National Police investigator Charles Roubins, who is in charge of the case.
    Authorities are still not sure about the exact number of prisoners who may have escaped, and no details about these possi...

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    Heightened tensions between Haiti and Dominican Republic

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, December 1, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Sunday the tensions between the border communities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have skyrocketed after a Dominican truck driver was hit by a stone thrown by a Haitian protester, causing the driver to loose control of the huge truck and killing a young girl who was passing by.
    Many witnesses have stated that the driver was arrested by the Haitian Police, and that he was refused medical care for his injuries on the Haitian side of the border. In response to this unfortunate situation, Dom...

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    Haiti 2015 Political Crisis

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, November 30, 2014, In : Politic 
    Come January 2015, Haiti will plunge headway into its greatest political crisis in over a decade. Its greatest since the overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004. President Michel Martelly has been unable to organize elections for the past three years to replace 2/3 of the 30 seats senate, the entire lower chamber of 199 deputies, and 240 municipal administrators and local council. Since Michel Martelly elction, the opposition has been unable and sometimes unwilling to negotiate an elector...
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    Michael Jean Elected Secretary General of Organization of Francophone States

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, November 30, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 
    The Haitian born former Governor General of Canada, Michael Jean, has been chosen to lead the Organization of Francophone States. Michael Jean was one of the five candidates who sought to replace Abdou Diouf, the outgoing secretary who is stepping down after 10 years. As former head of state of Canada, Michael Jean got the unwavering support of the Canadian government and her native Haiti. Michaeal Jean embarked on a campaign mission during her candidacy to the post in various french speaking...
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    Haiti Ebola Virus Breaking News

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, October 20, 2014, In : Haiti Breaking News 



    Haiti's Ministry of health has today announced the harshest measures taken by yet, no other countries, to prevent the Ebola epidemic from reaching Haiti. 

    "People from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, who have stayed in the previously mentioned countries will allow a return to the country within a period of 28 days from their date of release of these countries. Once the deadline meet, the people who visit the countries raised or any other country in West Africa will be required to submit to t...
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    Agritrans SA

    Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, October 11, 2014, In : Agriculture 
       

    Agritrans SA is a $27 million ambitious agricultural project whose goal is to cultivate organic plantains exclusively for exportation. On October 10th, 2014, in association with the 300 farmers benefiting employment through the project, 228.000 banana seedlings were planted over 1.000 hectares in Trou du Nord, a commune in northern Haiti, close to the city of Cap Haitian. The Haitian government has injected $6 million into this project and plan to invest an additional $15 million in the co...

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    National Funeral for Jean Claude Duvalier

    Posted by Sydney Noel on Thursday, October 9, 2014, In : Politic