Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Dysfunctional’ Haitian Parliament deplored by UN and partners

Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus Government, the top United Nations official in in the country joined the ambassadors of several countries today in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections within its constitutional framework. Additionally, the extraordinary session of the National Assembly, which was convened to vote on the amendments to the Electoral Law, has also not taken place, said a statement issued by Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti, and other members of the international community represented in the “Core Group” (Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States and the European Union, and the Special Representative of the Organization of American States).

“The ‘Core Group’ is gravely concerned that the Haitian Parliament has become dysfunctional due to the fact that elections have not been held within the constitutional timeframe,” a statement released by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said. In this context, the “Core Group” expressed its support to Haiti’s President in the exercise of his constitutional duty to ensure the regular functioning of institutions. The “Core Group” said it trusted that the Executive and all the political actors will act with “responsibility and restraint.”

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