Round-Table Discussion with Haiti’s Legislative Special Commission in Charge of Constitutional Reforms

Co-sponsored by the United Front of the Haitian Diaspora:

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One of the highlights of this year’s conference is the presence of The Haitian Congress’ Special Commission in charge of formulating proposals for a constitutional reform. For the conference attendees, it is the unique occasion to engage in a high level round-table discussion with members of the commission and to raise the concerns of the diaspora on constitutional issues (both on a personal and institutional level). Created on March 29th 2017, the 9 member special commission is composed of Jerry Tardieu (Petion-Ville) Chairman, Louis Marie Bonhomme (Anse-a-Foleur) Vice-Chairman and Ronald Etienne (Pestel) Secretary. Other Members include Jacques Michel Saint-Louis (Mombin Crochu), Price Cyprien (Thomazeau), Myriam Amilcar (Saint-Michel de l’Attalaye, Raymond Rival (Cornillon Grand-Bois), Jacob Latortue (Gonaives).

From left to right : Honorable Louis Marie Bonhomme, Vice-Chairman, Honorable Jerry Tardieu, Chairman, Honorable Ronald Etienne, Secretary

The non-partisan Special commission has officially started a national consultation with all sectors of society in order to get their official position on the future amendments. These amendment proposals will be introduced during the period from June to September 2019.

On November 4th 2017, under NAAHP’s umbrella, the special Commission will officially meet with the tri-state area and Massachusetts community leaders as well as diaspora organizations around the world. After New-York, the commission’s next stop will be Florida. Topics of discussion will include voting rights, dual citizenship, the legislative presence of the diaspora in Haiti’s parliament, and its ability to run for certain positions.


Congressman Jerry Tardieu

Congressman of the District of Petion-Ville, Haiti

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