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Dialogue advocated before constitutional reform in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Former Haitian deputy Jerry Tardieu advocated today for a broad political dialogue before proposing changes to the Constitution, and ruled out an electoral process this year due to the marked insecurity.

The former parliamentarian assured Thursday to the radio program Magik 9 that the greatest possible consensus is necessary ‘because national inaction cannot be an option in the face of what we are living’.

He also criticized what he considers international indifference to the crisis in the Caribbean country, where more than 500 people were murdered this year, and another 155 thousand had to flee their homes. For the former legislator and lawyer, the dialogue process is essential before addressing possible reforms to the Constitution, and he admitted that the magna carta needs a deep revision.

In 2019 Tardieu headed a commission that proposed amendments to the fundamental law, considered essential for socio-political stability, but which was never voted by Parliament.

The 1987 Constitution was born after the revolutionary process that overthrew the dictatorship of Jean Claude Duvalier a year earlier and achieved a high electoral turnout for the time, despite the regime imposed by the National Council of Government led by Generals Henry Namphy and Williams Regala.

At the time, it was the crystallization of the people’s aspirations after 30 years of autocratic regime, and one of the first signs of the transition towards democracy that Haiti has not yet finished building.

However, his critics claim that, in an attempt to prevent an authoritarian government, he helped to generate weak administrations, without balance between the Parliament and the Executive and an unbridled influence of political parties that use it for their own benefit.

Months before his assassination in mid-2021, the then President Jovenel Moïse proposed a new Magna Carta, which was widely criticized.

Currently, the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has among his objectives a constitutional reform and last week the president of the High Transitional Council, Mirlande Manigat, assured that discussions are continuing, although without advancing a probable date for that process.


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