Haiti has a new president for a week

Haiti has a new president for a week now and it appears the political rifts that existed prior to the elections are yet to be closed. One would have thought that the inaugural speech from newly installed President Jovenel Moise would have serve to unify the nation but comments coming from opposition groups point to a rocky five year relationship. In his inaugural address, the new President promised to improve and modernize agriculture, promote tourism, and undertake institutional reforms so that the country becomes one in which law and order and justice would prevail.   While politicians close to the president’s party, PHTK, such as former presidential candidate Jean Henri Céant, and former prime minister under Michel Martelly, Evans Paul, and a host of parliamentarians hailed the speech as a welcoming sign and the transfer of power, a victory for democracy, others think otherwise. To the opposition, they are not expecting any progress from the new administration, which they think is coming into power under troubling circumstances; the alleged charge of money laundering has been trailing the new president even before he takes office.   A week into the new administration, there is no clear government yet in place as the president has yet to appoint a Prime Minister to form a government. Both chambers of the legislature have expressed their surprise as to the fact that the president has yet to consult with them on the choice of a Prime Minister, given there are no clear majorities in both houses. Since the President’s party is not a majority, there need to be coalition building when choosing a prime minister.  Both leaders of both chambers hope that whoever the president chooses is not a polarizing figure but a centrist who can unite all competing interests and work toward uniting the country and moving it forward, given the insurmountable challenges that the country is facing for quite some time now. They hope that the President will consult with other parties and political leaders in order to come up with a Prime Minister that is acceptable to all and ready to work to build the nation.   For their part, the Secretary General of the FUSION des Sociaux-Démocrates Haïtiens, Rosemond Pradel, said that any participation in the current government must be on condition that the president and his administration clearly define their policies and programs.  He argued that given the current state of the nation, the new president has to work to tackle general problems and not the sectoral approach that he seems to favor.   The major opposition group, the Fanmi Lavalas, headed by their presidential candidate, Dr. Maryse Narcisse, continues to denounce the final results of the presidential elections that brought Moise to power. Speaking at a press conference last week, in Port-au-Prince, Dr. Narcisse called on supporters to resist and continue to mobilize against what she calls an electoral coup. She again renewed demands by the party on the Electoral Commission and those responsible for investigating electoral fraud, to undertake an in-depth verification of the November 20, 2016 presidential ballots which Fanmi Lavalas feels they have won.  She promised her followers to continue to oppose the government until the actual results are released, while equally denouncing the police for brutality against residents of Solino who were protesting last Monday. Dela Harlley
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