Haitians just can’t get a break. Bernard Gousse, Martelly’s nominee for Prime Minister, was a particularly evil “justice” minister in the illegal government of Gerard Latortue who was anointed by the 2004 “coup team” of US-France-Canada, a move that violated the Haitian constitution. Gousse oversaw a justice system that targeted Aristide supporters — hundreds incarcerated without charge and thousands killed by Haitian National Police through death squads and summary executions in Aristide-supporting neighborhoods. It was during this time period that the UN”peacekeepers” committed several massacres in these neighborhoods as well.
No one associated with the murders or massacres has been prosecuted.
It appears that there may be light at the end of this tunnel. The Haitian Parliament seems ready to soundly reject Gousse. If it does, Martelly will simply be an occupant of the presidential palace, no closer to getting a government formed. Given that the largest voting block, Aristide’s Lavalas party, boycotted the election because its candidates have been banned from the ballot for several years and both rounds of the recent election were ridiculously fraudulent, Martelly’s (s)election could only take place through some accounting shenanigans cooked up by the US and the OAS. Martelly is finding out that going into office without a mandate means the overwhelming majority of the people want him out.
By TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press – 7 hours ago
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Michel Martelly has chosen a former justice minister as his nominee for prime minister in his second attempt to fill the position, a government official said Wednesday.
Bernard Gousse was chosen in the hopes that his experience and reputation as a prominent attorney will overcome opposition from lawmakers who rejected the president’s first candidate for the post, businessman Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, said Martelly’s chief of staff, Thierry Mayard-Paul.
“He’s an honest man. He has experience in public administration,” Mayard-Paul told The Associated Press. “We believe that Mr. Gousse can drive this country out of its turmoil.”
The nominee still may face a challenge winning approval from a Senate and Chamber of Deputies dominated by the opposition Unity party of former President Rene Preval.
Gousse served as justice minister under the interim government that was formed after the ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Critics accused him of persecuting supporters of Aristide, who returned to Haiti in March and remains a popular figure in the impoverished country.
Unity party Deputy Patrick Joseph said Gousse would be rejected. “The choice is a bad choice,” he said. “He won’t be ratified.”
In Martelly’s first major political setback, lawmakers last month overwhelmingly rejected Rouzier. The absence of a prime minister has left the government in limbo.
Martelly told reporters in St. Kitts on Friday that he had been considering Gousse along with current Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, and Jean Henry Ceant, who was among the candidates in November’s first round of the presidential election. He met with lawmakers in an attempt to avoid another defeat.