Privert still heads Interim Government as Parliament fails to vote
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Jocelerme Privert remained as Haiti’s Interim President Wednesday after the National Assembly did not vote on whether or not to extend his 120 days stay in office that ended on June 14.
Parliament met Tuesday, but the lawmakers who are divided on the issue, did not put the matter to a vote, allowing for Privert to continue to head the interim government that was established after President Michel Martelly left office on February 7.
The lawmakers had in February elected Privert to be a short-term head of state pending the outcome of new presidential and legislative elections that should have ushered in a new president on June 14.
Privert was due to serve as Interim President for 120 days, and an election scheduled for April 24, following an agreement between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process.
But the election has not taken place and is now most likely to be held on October 9 and if a candidate does not receive the necessary amount of votes to prevent a second round, then that will take place on January 8, 2017, and the final election results will be published January 30, next year
The October elections would also include voting for one-third of the Senate.
The international community has urged Haiti’s Parliament to fulfil their responsibilities and resolve the impasse and earlier this week, at least 13 civil society organisations (CSO) criticised the Privert overs his failure to organise presidential and legislative elections in keeping with the so-called “February 5” agreement.
In a joint statement, the CSOs said they have taken note of the failure of the administration to implement the agreement and the inability of the political class traditional Haitian to solve the crisis that faces the country.
They said the 120-day period that was granted to the Provisional Executive expired June 14, 2016 and “did not allow (for) the completion of the electoral process begun in 2015 according to the prescribed of the agreement of last February 5″.
Moreover, the groups allege that during the 120 days Privert “has made no real effort for the country to regain the constitutional way nor to improve the living conditions of the population”.