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Editorial comment. Think the hot topic in Haiti is rubble clean-up, reconstruction, cholera, the army, or the fact that Martelly took six months to visit Cuba after his inauguration? Think again. The hot topic is “l’Affaire Belizaire”: a spat between Martelly and MP Arnel Belizaire that involved verbal contests about their anatomies and either led to (or merely preceded) Belizaire’s arrest and imprisonment. The Parliament is in an uproar because, for obvious reasons, the Haitian Constitution specifies that the President may not order the arrest or imprisonment of any member of the parliament. Consequently, both the Speakers of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies declined Martelly’s invitations to join a presidential delegation on a two-day visit to Cuba this week.  Meanwhile, the Haitian graduates from ELAM (Cuba’s famous medical school) complain of not being welcome into any health effort by Haiti, and the Cuban press is being inquisitive about Martelly’s coveted army.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

 

Haiti Presidential Delegation to Cuba Without Speakers of Parliament

By Staff
AHP (French)

French | English

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

Port-au-Prince – President Michel Martelly, along with several government ministers arrived Tuesday in Havana for a two-day official visit to Cuba. At Jose Marti airport, the head of state expressed his joy to be in the sister nation.

Earlier in the day, technical difficulties had caused the aircraft with the first group from the delegation of 29 members to make an emergency landing.

Before leaving Port-au-Prince, Michel Martelly reassured everyone however that all the passengers, 19 in all, were out of danger. Four days before, a helicopter carrying the Haitian Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior had to make an emergency landing at Belo, in the hills of Kenskoff (Port-au-Prince).

In Havana, the head of state is expected to meet with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro about bi-national collaborations with Cuba, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, and fishing.

On his way out of Port-au-Prince, Michel Martelly also returned to the subject of MP Arnel Belizaire, whom he is accused of having ordered arrested. Mr. Martelly acknowledged that there had been an altercation between him and the MP a few days before the arrest.  Michel Martelly said that at no time did he ask anyone to intercede and arrest the MP.

Mr. Martelly feels this crisis will be resolved through dialogue. He said that current discussions reflect a need for the government’s three branches (executive, legislative and judicial) to find a way to get along in the interest of the Haitian people.

The speakers of the Senate, Jean Rodoplh Joazile and of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe, declined their invitations to travel with the presidential delegation.

According to Jean Rodolphe Joazile, his decision was not due to an unwillingness to travel with President Martelly. He explained that unfinished business in the Senate would keep him in Port-au-Prince.

He warned against misinterpreting his decision not to accompany the presidential delegation. The MP joined the head of state at Toussaint Louverture International Airport before the departure of his plane to Cuba.

But several sources say that the Senate president has been pressured by his peers to bow out of the delegation.

If Senator Joazile declined the invitation to conduct Senate business, MP Jacinthe made clear that his reason for not traveling with President Martelly is the failure to resolve the conflict between the legislative and the executive.

We all know that the room was soiled. Everybody knows from where the order came to arrest MP Belizaire.  So don’t come around asking me if I’m going to accompany the head of state, Mr. Jacinthe said, outraged.

Senator Lambert Wencesclass and MP Alteste Toussaint [the heads of Foreign Affairs in Parliament], however, joined the presidential delegation.

 

Source: AHP, November 15, 2011 (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

 

 

First Official Visit to Cuba by Martelly

By Staff
Le Nouvelliste

French | English

Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery

On Tuesday President Michel Martelly took his first official trip to Havana, Cuba. The objective of this two-day visit is to strengthen bi-national collaborations between two countries. The Head of State was accompanied by five cabinet ministers, the two speakers of the Parliament and the two chairs of Foreign Affairs in the Parliament. [The two speakers bowed out of the group. Ed.]

Michel Martelly left Port-au-Prince on Tuesday November 15 for a two-day visit to Cuba. This is the first official visit of this head of state to the land of Fidel Castro, who transferred power to his brother Raul Castro, due to health complications. The Haitian President is accompanied by the speakers of both Houses of Parliament: Jean Rodolphe Joazile (Senate President) and Sorel Jacinthe (President of the Chamber of Deputies) [They were replaced by the two chairs of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Senator Lambert Wencesclass and MP Alteste Toussaint, when both heads of the Parliament declined to join the presidential delegation. Ed.]

Also joining the delegation were four ministers: Laurent Lamothe (Foreign Affairs), Reginald Paul (Education), Dr. Hébert (Agriculture) and Ronald Toussaint (Environment).

The aim of the visit is to strengthen bi-national collaborations between the two countries.

Fidel Castro’s dream has been to give 1,000 doctors to Haiti by offering scholarships to Haitian students.  The objective of this cooperation was to replace the Cuban doctors in Haiti. This year, 115 Haitians graduated, adding to the 736 graduates from before. Unfortunately, no structure has been set up by the Haitian government to integrate these graduates into the Haitian health system: a situation that has caused many of these doctors to leave the country for Europe or the United States.

“It’s a little sad that there’s still no sign that the State was expecting to host us. Anyway, we returned here to work, and we hope that this government will create structures and conditions in the country’s Departments to integrate us, “ said one of the 115 recently graduated doctors.

“We are not optimistic about our future medical careers. We are sorry that there is so much controversy between doctors trained in Haiti and those trained in Cuba. We deplore the lack of integration of doctors trained in Cuba and the shortage of hospitals in the country, “ said another fellow Haitian in Cuba.

The current administration must certainly be aware of this situation, in a country where the majority of the population lacks access to health care.

 

Source: Le Nouvelliste (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

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 Commentaire. Croyez vous que les sujets du jour en Haïti sont la nettoyage des décombres, la reconstruction, le choléra, l’armée, ou le fait que Martelly a attendu six mois pour visiter Cuba après son investiture? Détrompez-vous. Le sujet du jour est “L’Affaire Belizaire”: une querelle entre Martelly et MP Arnel Belizaire qui impliquait un concours verbale au sujet de leurs anatomies et soit a conduit à (ou simplement précédé) l’arrestation de Bélizaire et son emprisonnement. Le Parlement crie scandale parce que, pour des raisons évidentes, la Constitution haïtienne stipule que le Président ne peut ordonner l’arrestation ou l’emprisonnement d’un membre du parlement. Par conséquent, cette semaine les Présidents des deux chambres du Parlement ont décliné leurs invitations à rejoindre Martelly et une délégation présidentielle lors d’une visite de deux jours à Cuba. Entretemps, les diplômés haïtiens de l’ELAM  (école médicale célèbre à Cuba) se plaignent de ne pas être bienvenus dans n’importe quel effort de santé en Haïti, et la presse cubaine est curieuse au sujet de l’armée que Martelly compte convoiter.

Dady Chery, éditeur
Haïti Chery

Par le personel
AHP

français | anglais

Port-au-Prince, le 15 novembre 2011 – (AHP) – Le président Michel Martelly, en compagnie de plusieurs ministres du gouvernement  est arrivé mardi à la Havane pour un voyage officiel de 2 jours à Cuba. A l’aeroport José Marti, le chef de l’Etat a fait part de sa joie de se retrouver dans ce pays frère.

Plus tôt daans la journée, l’avion à bord duquel voyageait un premier groupe  de la delegation de 29 membres, a dû effectuer  un atterrissage d’urgence, en raison de difficultés techniques.

Michel Martelly a cependant rassuré avant son départ de Port-au-Prince que tous les passagers, 19 au total, étaient hors de danger. 4 jours auparavant, un helicoptère à bord duquel se trouvaient le premier ministre haïtien et les ministres des Affaires étrangères et de l’Intérieur avaient operé un atterisage forcé à Bélo dans les hauteurs de Kenskoff (Port-au-Prince).

A la Havane, le chef de l’Etat doit s’entretenir avec son homologue cubain Raul Castro sur des programmes de coopération avec Cuba, notamment dans les domaines de l’agriculture, de la santé et de la pêche.

En quittant Port-au-Prince, Michel Martelly est également  revenu sur le dossier Arnel Bélizaire qu’il est accusé d’avoir fait arrêter. Reconnaissant qu’il y a eu effectivement une altercation entre lui et le parlementaire quelques jours avant l’arrestation de ce dernier, Michel Martelly affirme qu’il n’a à aucun moment de la durée, demandé à quiconque d’intervenir et appréhender le député.

Pour M. Martelly, la résolution de la crise passe par le dialogue. Il affirme que les débats qui se font actuellement autour de ce dossier témoignent de la nécssité pour les 3 pouvoirs (L’Exécutif, le Législatif et le Judiciaire) de chercher le moyen de collaborer dans l’intérêt du peuple haïtien.

Les présidents du Sénat, Jean Rodoplh Joazile et de la chambre des députés, Sorel Jacinthe, ont décliné l’invitation de faire le voyage avec la délégation présidentielle.

Pour Jean Rodolphe Joazile, il ne s’agit pas d’un refus de voyager en compagnie du président Martelly. Il a expliqué que des dossiers qu’il est actuellement en train de traiter au Sénat le retiennent à Port-au-Prince.

Il a mis en garde contre toute mauvaise interpretation de sa décision de ne pas accompagner la délégation présidentielle. Le parlementaire se trouvait d’ailleurs avec le chef de l’Etat à l’aéroport internationale Toussaint Louverture avant le decollage de son avion pour Cuba.

Mais, plusieurs autres sourcs ont indiqué que le président du Sénat avait été l’objet de pressions de la part de ses pairs pour ne pas faire partie de la délégation

Si le sénateur Joazile a dit décliner l’invitation pour s’occuper des affaires  du Grand corps, le député Jacinthe a clairement fait savoir qu’il ne comptait pas voyager avec le président Martelly alors que le conflit opposant le Législatif à l’Exécutif n’est toujours pas résolu.

On sait tous que le chambre a été souillée, tout le monde sait d’où est venu l’ordre d’arrêter le député Bélizaire, alors qu’on ne vienne  pas me demander si je vais accompagner le chef de l’Etat, s’est indigné M. Jacinthe.

Le sénateur Wencesclass Lambert et le député Alteste Toussaint font toutefois partie de la délégation présidentielle.

 

Origine:  AHP, 15 Novembre 2011 (français)

 

 

Première visite officielle de Martelly à Cuba

Le Nouvelliste

français | anglais

Le président Michel Martelly effectue son premier voyage officiel ce mardi à la Havane, à Cuba. L’objectif de cette visite de deux jours du chef de l’Etat, qui sera accompagné de cinq ministres du gouvernement, des deux présidents du Parlement ainsi que des deux présidents des commissions des Affaires étrangères du Parlement, est de renforcer les relations entre les deux pays. [Les deux présidents du Parlement ne sont pas venus. Ed.]

Michel Martelly quittera Port-au-Prince ce mardi 15 novembre pour se rendre à Cuba pour une visite de deux jours. C’est le tout premier voyage officiel du chef de l’Etat au pays de Fidel Castro qui a passé le pouvoir à son frère Raul Castro, pour des complications de santé. Le chef de l’Etat haïtien sera accompagné des président des deux Chambres du Parlement : Jean Rodolphe Joazile (président du Sénat) et Sorel Jacinthe (président de la Chambre des députés). [Remplacés par les deux présidents des commissions des Affaires étrangères du Parlement, le sénateur Wenceslas Lambert et le député Alcès Toussaint. Ed.]

Feront également partie de la délégation quatre ministres : Laurent Lamothe (Affaires étrangères), Réginald Paul (Education nationale), Hébert Docteur (Agriculture) et Ronald Toussaint (Environnement). Le but de cette visite est de renforcer les relations entre les deux pays.

Le rêve de Fidel Castro était de donner 1 000 médecins à Haïti, grâce à des bourses d’études offertes aux étudiants haïtiens. L’objectif de cette coopération était de remplacer les médecins cubains en Haïti. Cette année, 115 ont été diplômés, ajoutés aux 736 qui ont déjà été diplômés auparavant. Malheureusement, aucune structure n’a jamais été mise en place par l’Etat haïtien pour intégrer ces étudiants dans le système. Une situation qui oblige beaucoup de ces médecins à quitter le pays, pour se rendre en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis.

« C’est un peu triste qu’il n’y ait encore aucun signe de l’État qui prouve qu’on nous attend. Toutefois, nous sommes rentrés pour travailler et nous espérons que ce gouvernement créera des structures et des conditions dans les départements pour nous intégrer », a déclaré l’un des 115 médecins récemment diplômés.

« Nous ne sommes pas optimistes en ce qui concerne notre avenir dans la carrière médicale. Nous déplorons qu’il y ait tant de polémiques entre médecins formés en Haïti et ceux formés à Cuba. Nous déplorons une absence d’intégration des médecins formés à Cuba et la pénurie de centres hospitaliers dans le pays », avait critiqué auparavant un boursier haïtien à Cuba.

L’actuel gouvernement est sans doute au courant d’une telle situation dans un pays où la majorité de la population n’a pas accès aux soins de santé.

 

Origine:  Le Nouvelliste (français)

 

 

 Editorial comment. Think the hot topic in Haiti is rubble clean-up, reconstruction, cholera, the army, or the fact that Martelly took six months to visit Cuba after his inauguration? Think again. The hot topic is “l’Affaire Belizaire”: a spat between Martelly and MP Arnel Belizaire that involved verbal contests about their anatomies and either led to (or merely preceded) Belizaire’s arrest and imprisonment. The Parliament is an uproar because, for obvious reasons, the Haitian Constitution specifies that the President may not order the arrest or imprisonment of any member of the parliament. Consequently, both the Speakers of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies declined Martelly’s invitations to join a presidential delegation on a two-day visit to Cuba this week.  Meanwhile, the Haitian graduates from ELAM (Cuba’s famous medical school) complain of not being welcome into any health effort by Haiti, and the Cuban press is being inquisitive about Martelly coveted army.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

 

Haiti Presidential Delegation to Cuba Without Speakers of Parliament

AHP staff (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

Translated from the French by Dady Chery

Port-au-Prince – President Michel Martelly, along with several government ministers arrived Tuesday in Havana for a two-day official visit to Cuba. At Jose Marti airport, the head of state expressed his joy to be in the sister nation.

Earlier in the day, technical difficulties had caused the aircraft with the first group from the delegation of 29 members to make an emergency landing.

Before leaving Port-au-Prince, Michel Martelly reassured everyone however that all the passengers, 19 in all, were out of danger. Four days before, a helicopter carrying the Haitian Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior had to make an emergency landing at Belo, in the hills of Kenskoff (Port-au-Prince).

In Havana, the head of state is expected to meet with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro about bi-national collaborations with Cuba, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, and fishing.

On his way out of Port-au-Prince, Michel Martelly also returned to the subject of MP Arnel Belizaire, whom he is accused of having ordered arrested. Mr. Martelly acknowledged that there had been an altercation between him and the MP a few days before the arrest.  Michel Martelly said that at no time did he ask anyone to intercede and arrest the MP.

Mr. Martelly feels this crisis will be resolved through dialogue. He said that current discussions reflect a need for the government’s three branches (executive, legislative and judicial) to find a way to get along in the interest of the Haitian people.

The speakers of the Senate, Jean Rodoplh Joazile and of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe, declined their invitations to travel with the presidential delegation.

According to Jean Rodolphe Joazile, his decision was not due to an unwillingness to travel with President Martelly. He explained that unfinished business in the Senate would keep him in Port-au-Prince.

He warned against misinterpreting his decision not to accompany the presidential delegation. The MP joined the head of state at Toussaint Louverture International Airport before the departure of his plane to Cuba.

But several sources say that the Senate president has been pressured by his peers to bow out of the delegation.

If Senator Joazile declined the invitation to conduct Senate business, MP Jacinthe made clear that his reason for not traveling with President Martelly is the failure to resolve the conflict between the legislative and the executive.

We all know that the room was soiled. Everybody knows from where the order came to arrest MP Belizaire.  So don’t come around asking me if I’m going to accompany the head of state, Mr. Jacinthe said, outraged.

Senator Lambert Wencesclass and MP Alteste Toussaint [the heads of Foreign Affairs in Parliament], however, joined the presidential delegation.

 

Source: AHP, November 15, 2011

 

 

First Official Visit to Cuba by Martelly

Le Nouvelliste staff (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

Translated from the French by Dady Chery

On Tuesday President Michel Martelly took his first official trip to Havana, Cuba. The objective of this two-day visit is to strengthen bi-national collaborations between two countries. The Head of State was accompanied by five cabinet ministers, the two speakers of the Parliament and the two chairs of Foreign Affairs in the Parliament. [The two speakers bowed out of the group. Ed.]

Michel Martelly left Port-au-Prince on Tuesday November 15 for a two-day visit to Cuba. This is the first official visit of this head of state to the land of Fidel Castro, who transferred power to his brother Raul Castro, due to health complications. The Haitian President is accompanied by the speakers of both Houses of Parliament: Jean Rodolphe Joazile (Senate President) and Sorel Jacinthe (President of the Chamber of Deputies) [They were replaced by the two chairs of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Senator Lambert Wencesclass and MP Alteste Toussaint, when both heads of the Parliament declined to join the presidential delegation. Ed.]

Also joining the delegation were four ministers: Laurent Lamothe (Foreign Affairs), Reginald Paul (Education), Dr. Hébert (Agriculture) and Ronald Toussaint (Environment).

The aim of the visit is to strengthen bi-national collaborations between the two countries.

Fidel Castro’s dream has been to give 1,000 doctors to Haiti by offering scholarships to Haitian students.  The objective of this cooperation was to replace the Cuban doctors in Haiti. This year, 115 Haitians graduated, adding to the 736 graduates from before. Unfortunately, no structure has been set up by the Haitian government to integrate these graduates into the Haitian health system: a situation that has caused many of these doctors to leave the country for Europe or the United States.

“It’s a little sad that there’s still no sign that the State was expecting to host us. Anyway, we returned here to work, and we hope that this government will create structures and conditions in the country’s Departments to integrate us, “ said one of the 115 recently graduated doctors.

“We are not optimistic about our future medical careers. We are sorry that there is so much controversy between doctors trained in Haiti and those trained in Cuba. We deplore the lack of integration of doctors trained in Cuba and the shortage of hospitals in the country, “ said another fellow Haitian in Cuba.

The current administration must certainly be aware of this situation, in a country where the majority of the population lacks access to health care.

Source: Le Nouvelliste

 

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