Topics and Guests: Parliamentary Elections in Haiti; and Update on the Expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian Descent. On Sunday August 9 finally after repeated postponements since 2011 Haiti held Parliamentary elections for the 119 Chamber of Deputies and two thirds of the 30 Senators (20). This will be followed by the first round of the presidential election on October 25 together with local representatives. Since January parliament has been dissolved; the terms of all of the Deputies, all mayors and two thirds of the Senators had expired. Since January President Michel Martelly has been ruling by presidential decree and observers have noted that he has taken advantage of this situation to appointing only allies as mayors and other local representatives. Joining Africa Now! from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to discuss Sunday’s Parliamentary elections is an expert on Haiti Ms. Melinda Miles.
Update of Expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian Descent: As Africa Now! discussed a few weeks ago in Dominican Republic in 2013 a court ruling stripped the citizenship of children born of foreign parents in the going back as far as 1929. Following the court ruling a law was passed in 2014 that stated foreign-born workers had to register by June 17 or risk deportation. Human rights activists and organizations see the court ruling, and the law being enforced by the government of the Dominican Republic as acts of discrimination targeting the over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. Joining Africa Now! today to discuss this issue is Ms. Genesis Aquino of Ahora/Now and Coalition of Dominicans Against Racism.
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