SENATE PRESIDENT JOAZILE: MARTELLY CANNOT BE STOPPED FROM DECREEING AN ARMY
(Defend Haiti) -
PORT-AU-PRINCE - The President of the Senate of the Republic, Jean Rodolph Joazile (Nord-Est/Alternative) told reporters ahead of several meetings with the Executive that the President is within his right to decree the mobilization of the army but stressed that pressing challenges laid in wait for such a project.
"...legally, judicially and constitutionally the parliament does not have to be consulted on this question [of army] because, everyone is okay on this, that the army of Haiti is constitutional."
"Even today, if you look into the Constitution of '87 you will see that it provides for two; the armed forces and the police forces..."
Senator Joazile, a former Captain of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAdH) believes that the country does need an army but on the question of its necessity given the context and situation of Haiti, he believes that national dialogue must occur to see if it is a priority.