PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – President Michel Martelly learned at the same time the world learned, Wednesday, January 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm, that the decried January 24 presidential runoff election would be cancelled.
According to sources at the National Palace, the Haitian Head of State and de facto prime minister, Evans Paul, appeared deceived as the United States and United Nations issued a joint press note under the name of their clique, the “Core Group”, which essentially said the Sunday elections were not tenable.
Martelly and Paul were absent from the public eye for several days. Neither issued a response to the Provisional Electoral Council’s (CEP) decision. Neither were present at scheduled events, appearances, inaugurations and speaking engagements, where they were billed to appear.
Even the candidate for the ruling party, Jovenel Moïse, learned of the cancellation from news releases. Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) of the Martelly regime had continued to spend millions of dollars (alleged to be state funds) to campaign throughout the entire electoral crisis, even as the only candidate running for the seat.
At the moment the embattled CEP President, Pierre Louis Opont, had taken before news cameras to announce the cancellation of the vote, candidate Moïse was said to be in the North, preparing to take to the stage at a campaign-ending rally on that Friday.
Most striking to Martelly and his regime is perhaps the sudden disavowal of the “Core Group”, which is led by the United States’, Obama administration, and comprises diplomats from the United Nations, Brazil, Canada, Spain, European Union (EU) and the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS).
The Obama administration and OAS had propped up Martelly as president, jettisoning him in to the second round of elections in 2011, although he had not met Constitutional requirements or obtained the votes to qualify for the spot.
Through 5 years Martelly was able to count on the support of this sect of the international community as human rights were violated, corruption reached new heights, and as he brought a democracy of more than 5,000 elected officials to a dictatorship. The “Core Group” had supported in giving the regime a guise of legitimacy and democracy.
It appears this support is no more as February 7, 2016 approaches and the end of Michel Martelly’s term as president. Martelly’s hopes to push though Jovenel Moïse as president through violence, intimidation and widespread fraud is not successful. It is imagined that the regime is total panic mode with one week left.