PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – President Michel Martelly secretly recorded a meeting he had with representatives for the Group of 8 presidential candidates; the G8 includes Jude Celestin and Jean-Charles Moise.
The G8 has long held the position that the 2015 electoral cycle was violence and fraud-ridden. These elections, at the center of the national crisis, cannot also be used to seat the 50th Legislature, without an independent investigation and verification of the results published by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont.
Bob-C of Radio Caraibes said Martelly would have played the secretly recorded audio of the talks with the G8 to the President of the Senate, Jocelerme Privert, and President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, who ran under the banner of Ayiti An Aksyon (AAA). The two had been engaged in private talks with the National Palace for some weeks.
Privert and Chancy would share the findings of the audio with fellow lawmakers. They told them that the power of the legislature was being threatened by the overwhelming majority of citizens who considered the elections fraudulent. They then used that fear to bring the few legitimate senators of the 49th Legislature, and other lawmakers of higher moral character, to agree to the opening of the 50th Legislature. This legislature consists of the same supposed deputies and senators that used violence, bribery and fraud in the 2015 elections but benefited from alliances with the Martelly regime.
Privert and Chancy called for a National Assembly to be held on February 4, 2016, three days before Martelly is to leave the office of president. The Parliament, as they had been calling themselves, also said it would wrapping up talks and find an accord with President Martelly for the establishment of a provisional government and an honorable exit for the decried Head of State.
Martelly and Pierre Louis Opont, President of the CEP, rushed to install the declared winners of the 2015 legislative elections. To offset potential riots, the swearing-in of these officials took place on January 10, 2016, contrary to the Constitutionally-prescribed date of January 11, 2016, the second Monday of the month. By Thursday, January 14, 2016, Senator Jocelerme Privert was voted president of the Senate. Privert was elected senator under the Inite banner of former President Rene Preval in 2011. Chancy was voted President of the Chamber of Deputies on this day.
The organization of a national assembly was supposed to have taken place since that Monday but the threat of public outcry postponed it.