PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – Provisional President Jocelerme Privert said he will await the decision of the National Assembly on whether he should leave office on June 14, 2016, at the end of 120 days in office.
Privert was speaking during a press availability at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport as he was preparing to depart for the 7th Summit of Head of States and Governments of the Association of Caribbean States in Havana, Cuba.
The Provisional President said, “on June 14, if the National Assembly decides that I should leave, I will leave without qualms and without regret… if the National Assembly decides that I stay, then I will continue to serve my country.” The statement suggests that the National Assembly would have to take action in order to affirm his departure as provisional president.
It is unclear whether his departure would require a two-thirds vote from both houses of the legislature or just a majority vote. In either case, the majority of support Privert enjoys in the Senate would make his departure, by vote, difficult to obtain. Some members of the Chamber of Deputies, the Lower House of the Legislature, are approaching June 14 as a day where the term of the Provisional Head of State ends, with or without a vote.
All lawmakers of the Lower House and a minority in the Senate came to power through the 2015 elections that an investigating commission found 99% fraudulent. Since establishing the Independent Election Verification and Evaluation Commission (CIEVE), President Jocelerme Privert has been at ends with those, mostly in the Lower House, who have called for his departure.