PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – On Thursday it was announced that a decision was made to return on President Michel Martelly’s decree, taken outside of the law, creating five new communes including the commune of Arcadins, divided from Arcahaie.
According to the de facto Prime Minister, Evans Paul, the nullification of the decree would have the purpose of ending the protest movements that have been taking place since the decree’s original publishing on July 22, 2015.
Le National reported that it is linked with elections scheduled to take place on Sunday. The first round of legislative elections on August 9, 2015, had not taken place due to violence and a repeat is scheduled for October 25, 2015.
It is unclear if the unrest will be solved by the measure announced by Mr. Paul. The Archelois, who had been protesting violently for months, said the Martelly administration officials had met with individuals who they did not recognize as representatives for their cause.
According to HPN, the commune of Arcadins, which was created along the coast line of Bay of Port-au-Prince and the historical city of Arcahaie, will now be called Montruis in the decree to rescind it.
Protesters had been demanding no divisions at all, not a name change, but information on the public’s response had not yet been received.
The Archelois had been protesting violently, schools had not opened for the 2015-16 school year and tour buses, motorcycles, the town hall, local tax office and other government buildings were burned.
Mr. Paul said that the government would be compensating motorcycle owners, where at least 17 had been burned in recent weeks.