PORT-AU-PRINCE: The United Nations and its partners in Haiti have expressed regret that for the fourth time in as many weeks, the country’s National Assembly was not able to deliberate on the provisional governance arrangements.
In a joint press statement, Sandra Honoré, the special representative of the secretary-general in Haiti and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the other members of the international community in Haiti represented in the “Core Group” (the ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States, European Union, and the special representative of the Organization of American States) cited the “absence of a number of parliamentarians leading to a lack of a quorum” as the reason for the failed deliberations.
“Haiti continues to face serious long-term socio-economic and humanitarian challenges. These challenges cannot be fully addressed in an environment of institutional instability,” the Core Group said in the statement, reiterating calls on parliamentarians to resume the session of the National Assembly.
“Reiterating the need to return to constitutional order, the ‘Core Group’ urges all actors to ensure the completion of the electoral process,” the statement added.
On February 14, the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert as Haiti’s interim president, one week after former president Michel Martelly departed without a successor.
Privert served as interim president for 120 days. An election had been scheduled for April 24, following an agreement between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process.
However, on April 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson issued a statement expressing the UN chief’s concern that the agreed-upon date for holding elections in Haiti was not met and that no alternate electoral calendar was announced.
Last month, when Privert’s 120-day interim period came to an end, the Core Group called on the National Assembly to take action and reach a solution that avoids an “institutional vacuum” and to facilitate the return to constitutional order through the holding of elections.