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Leslie Voltaire: "Faux nationalistes", CEUX QUI ..

Post by T-dodo » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:23 pm

[quote]Port-au-Prince, 18 octobre 2005 (AHP)

Un dirigeant de l'organisation politique Fanmi Lavalas, Leslie Voltaire, a qualifié mardi de faux nationalistes ceux qui font appel à des article de la constitution de 1987 pour tenter d'empêcher des haitiens ayant acquis la nationalité étrangère de se porter candidat à la présidence ou aux législatives, dans le cadre des prochaines joutes.

LaslieVoltaire a expliqué sa position par le fait, a-t-il dit, que la constitution n'est pas en vigueur depuis l'enlèvement du président Jean Bertrand Aristide, le 29 février 2004.

Il a également rappelé que la constitution ne prévoit pas de conseil tripartite, de conseil des sages, d'accord du 4 avril qui ont donné 2 ans au gouvernement de transition pour réaliser les élections.

Il n'y a pas non plus de provision pour un Conseil Electoral Provisoire,
un comité d'appui au CEP,dans la constitution de 1987, a encore rappelé Lesly Voltaire, souligant que le prochain président devra diriger avec le représentant spécial du secrétaire genéral de l'ONU et avec la présence d'une misssion militaire étrangère.

M. Voltaire appelle à la fin de la mesquinerie et du faux nationalisme, au moment où l'on parle, a-t-il dit, de la globalisation et où Haiti a besoin de l'aide de tous particulièrement des haitiens pour sortir du gouffre.

Il revient uniquement au peuple haitien, a-t-il dit, de trancher à travers son bulletin de vote pour conduire à un gouvenement d'union nationale.

"Ce n'est pas qu'on s'attache à la constitution dans le cas du candidat Dumarsais Siméus, il y a plutôt des gens qui ont peur du pouvoir financier de Siméus dont on dit qu'il a la nationalité americaine", a dit Voltaire, soulignant que d'autres candidats sont accusés d'avoir été naturalsés français ou belge.

Il a également prôné l'unité dans le camp Lavala
s dans la pespective des prochaines joutes, souhaitant que les candidats René Préval et Marc Bazin comprennent la nécessité de faire cause commune.

Selon Leslie Voltaire, l'alliance entre le Mouvement pour l'Instauration de la Démocratie en Haiti (MIDH) et Fanmi Lavalas, a été faite sur la base de la raison puisque a-t-il dit, le leader du MIDH, Marc Bazin a toujours soutenu les revendications des masses populaires [Sic].

Il a estimé que si l'on est arrivé à cette alliance, c'est en raison d'une certaine réticence de l'ancien président René Garcia Préval.

Leslie Voltaire a également critiqué la lenteur du processuus électoral et la présence au sein de l'organisme chargé ed'organiser les élections de membres de partis politiques actuellement dans la course électorale.

"Les élections sont possibles dans le pays, a-t-il fait savoir, tout en exprimant des doutes quant à leur réalisation aux dates prévues dans le calendrier électoral.

Le responsable Lavalas a d'un a
utre côté dénoncé le confusion qui entoure le processus électoral et qui aurait comme finalité le contrôle de l'appareil électoral.

Il a cité en exemple la formation du comité d'appui au CEP, de la commission de garantie et la nomination d'un directeur exécutif à l'institution électorale, ce qui est anticonstitutionnel, a-t-il dit. .

"Il est inacceptable que jusqu'à présent, les partis politiques et les candidats ne puissent encore commencer à mener campagne, en raison de la confusion qui entoure le processus électoral et la méfiance qu'inspire le CEP, a déclaré M. Voltaire.

Pour sa part, un porte-parole des militants du quartier popuulaire du Bel-Air, Samba Boukman, a appelé les militants de base de Fanmi Lavalas à l'unité dans la perspective des prochaines élections.

Samba Boukman a également appelé les candidats à la présidence René Préval et Marc L. Bazin à s'unir pour permettre au camp populaire de rééditer l'expérience du 16 décembre 1990 (date de la première él
ection de Jean Bertrand Aristide à la présidence d'Haiti) [Sic].

"Les masses populaires ne se sont jamais rendues aux élections dans la division", a-t-il lancé.[/quote]

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[quote]Samba Boukman a également appelé les candidats à la présidence René Préval et Marc L. Bazin à s'unir pour permettre au camp populaire de rééditer l'expérience du 16 décembre 1990 (date de la première élection de Jean Bertrand Aristide à la présidence d'Haiti)[/quote]
It would appear that most lavalassiens in Haiti understand the game differently than most lavalassiens of the Diaspora. While the latter are concerned about "not giving any legitimacy" to the de facto government and the de facto foreign occupation, they do not offer any chart for the liberation of the suffering masses of Haiti other than a dogmatic belief in the redemptive powers of "Just Say No!" On the other hand, the former see salvation only in the exercise of power and they see the elections as the necessary evil to get realistically to that position of power. Like snatching Victory from the jaws of Defeat. Or beating 'th
e Washington DC puppeteers and their interimettes' at their own game.

That was the subtheme that underscored Marc Bazin's presentation last night to the New Jersey Haitian community assembled at the Irvington High School auditorium, an event sponsored by the New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) [Note that one of their representatives just signed up as a member of our forum, and I extend to these students a warm welcome, as well as my congratulations for their civic spirit.]

The Presidential candidate, flanked by cadres of the "kidnapped" government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, like Leslie Voltaire and Jean-Claude Desgranges (among others), fielded many questions on the Lavalas split (which Leslie Voltaire denied vehemently, insisting that there was only ONE candidate for Lavalas, and that was Marc Bazin), one question about the reconstitution of the Army ("Nan pwen sa pyès," answered Bazin) and one question about infrastructure and development policy. It shoul be n
oted that Bazin gave a 40-minute presentation of his political and economic vision for Haiti , prior to the question and answer session, which compels him to seek the Presidency. I cannot report on this however, because I only arrived at the start of the question and answer session.

I have to say that while I highly compliment the young students of NJHSA for their spirit of initiative and sense of civism, the next time they had better retain the services of a strong moderator. Throughout the night, the typically undisciplined nature of our community showed itself in full force. Priority was given to questions from the Press before going to the audience. Well, EACH Press person got afflicted by the Micro Virus, whenever the micro was passed to them for asking a question to the candidate. The Micro Virus nearly destroyed what could have been an engaging dialogue. The Micro Virus forces any person who holds the micro in his hands to hold it as long as possible, to speak at length of one's credentia
ls (one of them even warning the candidate repeatedly to take care to answer his question in a satisfactorily because if his radio audience in Haiti -which supposedly extended to several departments- did not vote for the candidate, "eh byen, ou pap pase!" By the time each member of the press finished asking his question, one scarcely had any idea what the question was and the questions were often longer than the responses. One reporter, seated in the audience and not in the Press section, even insisted to be the first to ask a question. When that request was denied, he noisily objected until he had to be escorted out by a security agent. Well, I am sure that there were other incidents that I missed, for coming late to the event. But the egocentric nature of our Press members was inescapable. A strong moderator was needed to allow much greater input from the general audience, and enforce the notion that the opportunity to ask a question should not be considered as a license to give a speech.

To go ba
ck to the statements advanced last night, Marc Bazin stated that:

a) He would not allow his government to be kidnapped like that of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. "Nan pwen sa pyès!"

b) Unlike the other candidates, he has made available to all several papers detailing his plans of government. You can find them, you can ask for them... But do ask all the other candidates where their plans are.

c) There is no need to reconstitute the Haitian Army. Again, "Nan pwen sa pyès!"

d) He would release all political prisoners as soon as he becomes President. One has to be in a position of power in order to exercise power. In addition, all exiled Lavalassiens will be allowed to return home, including Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

e) He reaches out to ALL Lavalassiens and needs them to unite to recapture a government in favor of the masses.

f) There are two middle-classes in Haiti. He represented the intelligent one, that understood that you cannot achieve anything without the masses on y
our side. The other middle-class, the dumb one, which thinks they can do it alone or by repressing the masses, that is the middle-class represented by the GNB'istes.

g) He feels that all Diaspora Haitians should be able to participate in the affairs of the country, at all levels, including the Presidency, but that Dumarsais Siméus went about tit the wrong way. While he agrees with Dumarsais in principle, there is the matter of the Constitution which must be amended first. Upon becoming President, he would swiftly address the matter of "Double Nationality", but in an orderly process.

h) He is willing to make alliances with those who speak out for the interests of the masses and the release of the political prisoners. But at this point, he cannot conceive of making alliances with those who have said absolutely nothing on the matter. "What have you heard Préval say about Yvon Neptune and the others? Who among you last heard Préval say anything about the current political situation?" (I am cle
arly paraphrasing here, I did not have a recording device nor did I take written notes, but my memory of what was said last night is fresh. I am conveying the essence of what was said, not the exact words.)

i) In a session like this and only 40-minute for the presentation of his plan, he could not truly elaborate on his economic development policy other than offering a broad outline. However, he has written 7 books on the subject and he has put forth papers detailing his plans. He intends to rebuild the infrastructure and the economy of Haiti.

Well, that covers the essentials points, I think. I think that the candidate handled himself fairly well and I look foward to other events of this type, We need to have a better educated citizenry and events of this type can help, if properly organized. My hope is that NJHSA will learn from the evident breakdowns of the night and seek a strong moderating influence for future events. However, I do thank them once more for their initiative. They hav
e shown that the emerging generation does care about present-day Haiti and the future of the country.

Guy S. Antoine
Ann Pale Forum
Windows on Haiti

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