A Constitutional Crisis in Haiti: Two People Claim To Be The Prime Minister
Over the past four years, the phrase constitutional crisis was routinely overused. The situation in Haiti, however, is a true constitutional crisis. At present, two people are claiming to be the Prime Minister. And the governing law of Haiti does not provide a clear way to resolve this dispute.
The New York Times sketches this intractable situation.
As a threshold matter, it isn’t even clear which law applies. There are two constitutions that provide different paths to replace the President. According to the 1987 Constitution, “if the presidency is vacant for any reason, the country’s most senior judge should step in.” However, “the head of the nation’s highest court died of Covid-19 in June.” It isn’t clear if the senior associate judge could step into the seat of the presiding judge. In 2012, th
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