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President Privert awaits National Assembly on mandate

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – The Haitian gourde has stabilized after experience a precipitous decline over the past years. This was one of the many statements of Provisional President Jocelerme Privert on Wednesday as he sought to assure the nation that “the situation is under control”.

Address to the Nation, Jocelerme Privert

A day after the end of his 120-day mandate for the organization of elections, the interim Head of State held a televised meeting with Prime Minister, Enex Jean-Charles, and the ministerial cabinet. He also gave an address to the nation that was disseminated via audio and video.

Privert gave an assessment of a security situation that has improved, far removed from the months of violent protesting and police officers assassination that preceded. He spoke of the aforementioned stabilization of the economy and also the continuing of elections, that he says would bring an elected president to power on February 7, 2017.

“The country has had undeniable political stability, a climate of peace and security,” President Privert declared.

The answer most were waiting on was regarding his interpretation of his status, with his mandate having ended but also the National Assembly not having decided on replacing or prolonging the presidency. To those ends, Privert said he is waiting for “state authorities to fully assume their responsibility.”

Unlike the departure of former President Michel Martelly, which the Constitution explicitly stated his end of term on February 7 of his 5th year in office, Privert took on what he believed is the more stable approach of remaining in office but at the disposition of the National Assembly.

“My mandate is the organization of elections to allow for the renewal of political personnel as defined under the agreement of February 5,” he said.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.