MARTELLY: THERE WILL NOT BE AN ARMY ON NOVEMBER 18
(Defend Haiti) -
PORT-AU-PRINCE - During an interview with a Port-Au-Prince radio station, President Michel Martelly explained that, contrary to popular belief, the first class of the new armed forces will not be coming out on November 18.
The Head of State emphasized that "this is an order which will be released November 18" decreeing the reinstatement of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAdH) to repeal the one published by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide dissolving the FAdH in 1995.
President Martelly had hoped to recruit the first 500 soldiers during the month of October, according to an official document circulated among international diplomats and leaked to the press in September.
It has been reported that thousands of young people had already begun basic training in several camps throughout the country. In the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince two sites are known.
One in the town of Croix-des Bouquets, near the market at Seradòt and Bon Repos and the other in Lambi, near Mariani in the town of Gressier. In the Centre department, the former military has begun workouts.
Parliamentarians took exception to the president's plan. While most agree that the nation needs a defense force, legislatures have expressed concern in the matter in which it is being carried out.