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 representative in Haiti. However, he did not have the constitutional approval of Parliament whose term ended on 12 January.

The impossibility of organizing elections in Haiti over the past three years has led to the failure of parliament, 99 deputies and 20 senators, leaving the president the opportunity to lead the country by decree.


Mr. Martelly, who has assumed responsibility for the current political crisis, said he would consult with 10 senators still in office before any important decision. However, opposition parties continue to demand his resignation.

Friday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince before being dispersed by the National Police. Calling for unity, Mr. Martelly announced the formation of a consensus government in the next 48 hours. He said:

"No nation has managed the development of the bet without unity around a strong and servant state"
For its part, the new Prime Minister Paul Evans assured that major opposition figures would be part of the new cabinet. Mr. Paul has also stated that its main mission is to "prepare the ground" for the holding of democratic and inclusive elections in 2015.