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Commentary: The promotion of Creole: A vehicle for development or handicap for Haiti's future?

December 10, 2016
Commentary: The promotion of Creole: A vehicle for development or handicap for Haiti's future? I belong to the 15 percent of the Haitian population that is at ease in language, sophistication and education anywhere in the wide world. The remaining 85 percent, as in the time of slavery, is being condemned to a life of isolation, lack of competence and insecurity by those who pretend to be...

Dispute over selection of judges halts election challenges in Haiti

December 7, 2016
Dispute over selection of judges halts election challenges in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Departmental Electoral Litigation Office (BCED) in Haiti was unable to hear arguments on Monday as planned from lawyers in election challenges brought by three of the losing candidates in last month’s presidential poll, Fanmi Lavalas, LAPEH and Pitit Desalin.

UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic

December 3, 2016
UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the...

Violent protests follow preliminary election results in Haiti

December 1, 2016
Violent protests follow preliminary election results in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A few hours after the publication on Monday night of the preliminary results of the presidential election of November 20 in Haiti, supporters of other parties and candidates, who challenged the declared victory of Jovenel Moïse, took to the streets in sometimes violent protests.

Jovenel Moise wins presidential election in Haiti

November 30, 2016
Jovenel Moise wins presidential election in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Jovenel Moïse, of Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (Haitian Bald Head Party) and the chosen successor of former president Michel Martelly, won the first round of Sunday’s presidential election in Haiti with 595,430 (55.67%) of the votes. Since Moïse won with more than 50 percent...

Commentary: Haiti's long descent into hell: From dictatorship to democratic chaos

November 30, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's long descent into hell: From dictatorship to democratic chaos It has been for Haiti a long descent into hell that started in the 1950s with the precipitous departure for exile of President Paul E Magloire on December 6, 1956. He did not prepare carefully his successor or rather he reneged on his preferred choice, Clement Jumelle, his minister of finance.

Haiti's interim president calls for calm before election results announced

November 29, 2016
Haiti's interim president calls for calm before election results announced PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, gave a press briefing on Monday at the National Palace, a few hours ahead the publication of the preliminary results of the elections of 20 November. At the press briefing, the head of state called for calm.

Commentary: Haiti's rainy-day presidential elections without Clinton thunder

November 28, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's rainy-day presidential elections without Clinton thunder The tabulations of Haiti’s election results from Sunday, November 20, 2016 have been extremely slow. This is mainly because the official voters lists (Procès Verbaux, PV) and ballots from the polling centers have all had to be transported to a Vote Tabulation Center (CTV) in a...

Commentary: The meaning of nation: What is a nation?

November 26, 2016
Commentary: The meaning of nation: What is a nation? After Brexit in Great Britain and after Donald J Trump’s victory in the United States, the search for the meaning of nation becomes more acute in apprehending the new dynamics affecting voters across both sides of the Atlantic searching for an answer to their disaffection. People all over the world...

Damage to agricultural sector in storm-hit Haiti estimated at $580 million

November 24, 2016
Damage to agricultural sector in storm-hit Haiti estimated at $580 million PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Post-disaster assessments by the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies in hurricane-hit Haiti have revealed “extensive” damage to crops, livestock and fisheries as well as to infrastructure such as irrigation – with the most affected...

OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections

November 23, 2016
OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to Sunday's elections in Haiti highlighted improvements over recent elections in the process on Election Day, as part of the preliminary report presented by the mission.

Electoral council 'satisfied' with Sunday's poll in Haiti; preliminary results expected in eight days

November 22, 2016
Electoral council 'satisfied' with Sunday's poll in Haiti; preliminary results expected in eight days PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- At a press conference on Sunday, the head of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Léopold Berlanger, declared that he was satisfied with the smooth running of the elections held the same day in Haiti. The CEP plans to announce the preliminary result...

Voters finally go to the polls in Haiti

November 21, 2016
Voters finally go to the polls in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Sunday, 6.2 million voters finally went to the polls in Haiti to elect the country’s next president, after a series of abandoned and postponed elections dating back to last year. Haitian voters have to choose from 27 candidates for the presidency and must complete...

IMF approves US$41.6 million disbursement under rapid credit facility for Haiti

November 21, 2016
IMF approves US$41.6 million disbursement under rapid credit facility for Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday approved SDR 30.7125 million (about US$41.6 million) in financial assistance for Haiti under the rapid credit facility (RCF) to help the authorities meet urgent balance of payments needs.

CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed

November 19, 2016
CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be monitoring the presidential elections in Haiti, rescheduled to Sunday, 20 November 2016. The elections, which were initially scheduled for Sunday 9 October 2016, were postponed after Hurricane Matthew...

Electoral violence in Haiti unacceptable, says US embassy

November 18, 2016
Electoral violence in Haiti unacceptable, says US embassy PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Just days before the elections scheduled for Sunday in Haiti, the US embassy in Port-au-Prince said that electoral intimidation and violence are unacceptable and have negative impacts on citizen participation in elections, pointing out that the US is taking note...

Haiti temporarily escapes financial sanctions

November 17, 2016
Haiti temporarily escapes financial sanctions PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- At the end of its plenary meeting last week in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) recognized the efforts made by Haiti through the publication of two important laws and decided to postpone until its next meeting...

Commentary: Jude Celestin for president of Haiti

November 16, 2016
Commentary: Jude Celestin for president of Haiti This coming Sunday the people of Haiti are going to the polls to elect a president and a slew of senators and congressmen; Haiti is urged to choose peace above all other criteria. It has been 60 years (1956-2016) since Haiti enjoyed peace, 30 years under a dictatorial regime and another...

Haitian trade mission to visit Aruba

November 15, 2016
Haitian trade mission to visit Aruba ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- From Tuesday, 15 to Friday, November 18, 2016, a trade delegation, consisting of representatives of 13 Haitian companies, two representatives of the ministry of trade and industry and several representatives of the Caribbean Export agency, led by Sergio Valkenburg...

Former Haitian president accused of inciting election violence

November 12, 2016
Former Haitian president accused of inciting election violence PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following statements regarded as incitement to violence issued by former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, as part of the election campaign of Maryse Narcisse, presidential candidate under the banner of Aristide’s Parti Famni Lavalas, in Cité Soleil last Sunday.

Commentary: Give one for the USA! I have seen democracy at work with my own two eyes

November 12, 2016
Commentary: Give one for the USA! I have seen democracy at work with my own two eyes I have been a closet Trump supporter, being black and immigrant par surcroit, I kept my affinity for Donald Trump on a tight leash. One of my nieces found out about my political preference and leaked the story that Uncle Jean-Jean is a Trump supporter, which caused stir and turmoil...

Deportation of Haitians from US resumed

November 11, 2016
Deportation of Haitians from US resumed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The deportation of Haitians to their home country from the US has been resumed, despite the post-Hurricane Matthew recovery situation and the more recent floods in Haiti. Inspector Gary Desrosiers, deputy spokesman of the National Police of Haiti...

New discovery of firearms in container shipped to Haiti

November 10, 2016
New discovery of firearms in container shipped to Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Tuesday afternoon, Customs officers in Haiti discovered a new weapons shipment in a container at the Global Lafito wharf located 20 km north of the capital, Port au Prince. Seven Smith and Wesson pistols, five Glock model 40, more than 400 rounds of...

Government of Haiti helps 1.4 million persons with hurricane payouts

November 9, 2016
Government of Haiti helps 1.4 million persons with hurricane payouts PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- On Monday the CEO of CCRIF SPC, Isaac Anthony, met with Haiti’s minister of finance, Yves Bastien, and his advisors to discuss the recent payouts of US$23.4 million to Haiti made under the country’s tropical cyclone and excess rainfall policies, as a result...

UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off in Haiti

November 9, 2016
UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A vaccination campaign against cholera began on Tuesday in the areas of Haiti hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, with support from the United Nations and other institutions. “Today in Haiti marks the first day of a vaccination campaign against cholera in areas...

New floods in Haiti: ten victims, four departments affected

November 8, 2016
New floods in Haiti: ten victims, four departments affected PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Flooding was reported in at least 15 communities in the departments of Grand'Anse, North, Northeast and Northwest in Haiti, following heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday. The city centre of Cap-Haitien and its communities were particularly affected.

One month after Hurricane Matthew, needs in Haiti remain vast, UN reports

November 7, 2016
One month after Hurricane Matthew, needs in Haiti remain vast, UN reports PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- As Haiti struggles to recover from the massive destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew, which pummelled the tiny country one month ago on October 4, the United Nations warned that, while its seems as if “the world has moved on”, Haiti’s needs are vast.

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