When Haitian Senator Hervé Foucand breaks quorum

Published on by Darsen Roger (author)

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) - It is September 12, 2016, the Chamber of Deputies must go on vacation at the end of the second ordinary session of the 50th legislature.

It is a constitutional requirement. And to do so, lawmakers must hold a national assembly during which they also planned to approve international instruments signed by Haiti.

Apart from members of the lower house who were in relatively impressive number, senators were only 18, while the quorum required to hold a session is 16 senators. So, it takes just 4 willing senators to break the quorum.

And that's exactly what happened. Foucand fled the assembly room and 3 other senators followed suit, forcing the President of the National Assembly, Senator Ronald Larèche, to suspend the meeting without having managed to preside over the regular closing ceremony of the legislative session.

An unprecedented event in the history of the Haitian parliament

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