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Haiti: President Offers to Open Government to Opponents

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Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News

CMC – President Michel Martelly has offered to open his government to opponents who have been involved in political talks on ways to hold credible elections, but rejected calls to evict his Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe.

Politicians who participated in recent talks with the president told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network (HCNN) on Wednesday that Martelly made the offer in a move to ease the political atmosphere as the country prepares to hold crucial legislative and local elections this year.

“President Martelly has offered to integrate opposition parties into the government, because he wants to show openness,” Rudy Herivaux, the leader of the opposition Confidence party said. “And this is a good thing,” he added.

However, a smaller group of opposition parties declined the offer to become part of the government, arguing that they only want to come to power through elections.

“President Martelly showed openness and flexibility in the discussions, and there are parties that want to integrate the government,” said Sauveur Pierre-Etienne, the leader of the People’s Struggle Party (OPL).

“But we are not interested in participating in the government because we want to remain an opposition party and we only want to come to power through credible elections,” he said.

During the discussions, government and legislative authorities along with representatives of a wide range of political parties have reached a consensus on the opportunity to organize one combined ballot to elect two thirds of the 30-member senate assembly and to renew the whole lower chamber and local government entities.

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