Haitian Senate reconvenes after turbulent year

Haiti’s Senate reconvened for the first time in a year with only a handful of lawmakers present, a move that underscores the country’s dysfunctional government as it prepares for elections following the assassination of President Yovernel Moise

“We have to work together,” he said, as supporters in parliament and those listening outside through loudspeakers applauded. “This year should be the year of dialogue.”

Prime Minister Ariel Henry has pledged to hold a general election this year, but he has not provided a date. The election was due to take place last year but was delayed due to the pandemic, a surge in gang violence and the killing of Moise.

Shortly after the July 7 assassination, Lambert proclaimed himself president of Haiti with the support of several politicians, a move that was largely ignored. Lambert also criticized an agreement Henry signed with several political leaders and groups to create an interim consensus government to lead Haiti until elections are held.

Henry is expected to meet the remaining senators on Monday as the country debates the length of their terms on social media and radio.