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HAITI - Jovenel Moise's Tet Kale (PHTK) party wins majority senate seats

Featured Haiti's President-elect Jovenel Moise's political party and its allies took the majority of parliament following last weekend's partial legislative elections. Haiti's President-elect Jovenel Moise's political party and its allies took the majority of parliament following last weekend's partial legislative elections.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — just days before he takes the oath of office Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has released preliminary figures which indicate that the party of President-elect Jovenel Moise has taken a majority of the seats in both houses of Haiti's parliament following last weekend's partial legislative elections.

The results finally give Haiti a full parliament after an electoral marathon that has lasted for well over a year, just in time for Moise's swearing-in on Tuesday.

The incoming leader's Tet Kale (PHTK) party took four of the eight senatorial seats at stake in the January 29 vote, with party allies notching three wins. The results are preliminary however, and any candidate can legally challenge them in court.

The party of the incoming president and its allies chalked their only loss in the Ouest department, which includes Port-au-Prince and represents some 40 percent of the Haitian electorate.

The PHTK candidate, Fednel Monchery, came out on top during the first round of that battle, but ultimately lost to Patrice Dumont, a popular former sports journalist.

Monchery on Twitter thanked the Provisional Electoral Council, which is responsible for ensuring fraud does not mar balloting.

"Their impartiality and the publication of their tally sheets have shown these people are serious," he wrote in Creole.

The election marked the fourth day of voting over the past year-and-a-half in Haiti, where a political crisis was triggered when the results of an October 2015 presidential election had to be annulled due to massive fraud.

It took until November 2016 to hold another presidential vote, with turnout at a dismal 21 percent.

Civic malaise believed to be linked to a lack of political campaigning and distrust in elected officials' ability to improve conditions in the poorest country in the Americas.

Meanwhile, a number of Presidents have confirmed their attendance at Tuesday’s inauguration of the new leader of this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

The authorities said that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic, Ecuador’s head of state, Raphael Corea and Trinidad and Tobago’s President Anthony Carmona have already confirmed their presence at the investiture ceremony.

The authorities said that at least 60 invitations have been sent to Heads of State and governments having diplomatic relations with Haiti to participate in the investiture

“We are waiting for further confirmations,” said Lucien Jura, the spokesman of the Joint Commission on the handover of powers, pointing out that other countries responded through their diplomatic missions like Mexico, France, Taiwan, the Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda.

Last modified onSunday, 05 February 2017 13:16
  • Countries: Haiti