PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Haitian lawmakers went on vacation Monday having not met in full National Assembly without a Senate President. The session was scheduled for Monday May 9, 2016 at 11:00 am but could not begin until 4:00 pm.
Whether or not the lawmakers of the lower house came together with the Senate for a National Assembly, the Constitution ends the first session of deputies on the second Monday of May. Senator Ronald Lareche served as acting President of the Senate. On this day, 21 Senators and 82 Deputies were present for the closure.
It deserves noting that the Constitution begins the session on the second Monday of January, the 11th in this year, but former President Michel Martelly unconstitutionally held a session to install and swear-in deputies on January 10, 2016.
It is at a tenuous time that deputies begin their month-long vacation. Parti Haitien Tet Kale had its supporters calling for deputies to remain in office and remove Provisional President Jocelerme Privert from power on May 14, 2016, the day an accord was expected to bring an elected president to power..
Deputies also go on vacation days after the establishment of an Election Verification and Evaluation Commission. This commission is tasked to review the violence and fraud-ridden elections that brought the 50th Legislature into function. The commission is expect to also give reports on deputies who were “poorly elected”.