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Corruption Early in Jovenel Moise-Jack Guy Lafontant Cabinet

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Politicians in Haiti call it “sharing responsibility”, but it’s really corruption. At the end of meetings which went into 3 a.m. (4 a.m.) EST, Monday morning, the designated prime minister had given nearly all cabinet positions to friends and family members of senators and deputies for a favorable ratification vote.

Discussions had taken place with political stakeholders, primarily parliamentarians towards the end of last week and throughout the weekend. Lucien Jura, the press secretary who served under former President Michel Martelly and now Jovenel Moise, told the press that all chips have been placed in the balance to obtain the ratification of the government and general policy statement of Prime Minister Guy Jack Lafontant.

Mr. Jura said during an interview late Saturday that discussions were at a “very advanced stage” and that promises were being met. He added that “all has gone well in terms of the formation of the cabinet.”

Although political observers believe that Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), having a majority in the Parliament, an absolute majority with allies included, should not have trouble getting its PM ratified, they do recognize that the bonds between parties or blocs in Haiti are not ideological nor stable.

It was lamented throughout radio stations Monday morning as news of a cabinet consisting of appointees by lawmakers was beginning to be known. The “shared responsibility” creates conflicts of interest as lawmakers, who have to hold the administration accountable, now are judge and party. Furthermore, it is a corruption which violates the democratic concept of the separation of powers.

Dr. Guy Jack Lafontant is scheduled to present his policy statement in the Senate Monday morning but as of past noon, the session had not begun. According to the president of the Senate, Youri Latortue, the Dr. Lafontant has already submitted the document to the secretariat of upper chamber since Wednesday.

The law provides that the Prime Minister make his policy statement to the room within 48 hours after submission of the document, said the parliamentarian, adding that his meeting as well as the deputies will decide in a sovereign way, the folder Premier President Jovenel Moses.

Meanwhile the commission to examine the compliance of documents submitted by the Prime Minister to constitutional requirements, put the finishing touches on its report on Thursday. Formed Tuesday it had a period of 48 hours to produce the report, said one of its members, the Senators Jean-Renel Senatus.

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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.