By Dady Chery
Back in May 2011, undistracted by Haiti’s 4.5-million dollar presidential inauguration, I sounded the alarm about a brewing legislative coup d’etat (1).
“Within five days of being seated and, in two meetings totaling less than 20 hours, Haiti’s newly assembled 49th legislature modified over 100 articles of the 1987 Constitution.By contrast to these hastily crafted amendments, the 1987 Constitution had been approved by 90% of the voters in a popular referendum that followed the document’s publication in Creole and French. A hallmark of this Constitution was the decentralization of the government and reduction of executive power. Details the Constitution and proposed amendments are discussed in my article (1).
“This document was drafted and voted on so quickly that, when the parliamentary session closed, the president of the assembly had no time to reread to the lawmakers the amendments on which they had voted the two previous days.”