Haitian PM Snubs Senate


CaribWorldNews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Oct. 30, 2009: Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis on Thursday refused to appear before the Haitian Senate, which had summoned her.

Pierre-Louis` actions could mean a vote on her ouster since the 29 member Senate is already antsy over  the apparent misuse of US$197 million in recovery aide that was slated to help storm victims.

The PM, while refusing to show up before the senate, did send a letter, which stated, `At a time when efforts are under way for Haiti to join the international community and it has possibilities of investment, national and international, to better the lives of the Haitian population … my government decides not to participate in this hearing. I leave the senators of the republic to face their responsibility in front of the nation.`

Sen. John Joel Joseph, a member of President Rene Preval`s Lespwa movement, called the action an `insult.` 

Pierre-Louis, an educator who headed the Haitian branch of George Soros` Open Society Institute, took the office of prime minister in September 2008, filling a post that had been vacant for five months after senators dismissed her predecessor, Jacques-Edouard Alexis, during riots over the high cost of food.

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