The mandate of municipal cartels across the country expires this July. Because there were no elections to replace them in time as required by the Constitution, the President of the Republic, in the Council of Ministers, issued a decree to reconvert them into “Municipal Commissions”. The mayors go from elected municipal officials to officials appointed by the government, therefore removable.

Changes have been made in 141 municipalities. The municipalities of Montrouis, Liancourt, among others, were already administered by appointed agents.

Of the six municipal cartels in the metropolitan area, only the mayors of Port-au-Prince and Pétion-Ville have been replaced by the executive. If the mayor of the capital Youri Chevry had made it clear that he did not intend to remain at the head of the town hall as interim executive agent, Dominique St-Roc, the mayor of Pétion-Ville, contacted by phone Wednesday evening by Le Nouvelliste , was still awaiting the government’s decision on his fate. 

“As I speak to you, I do not know if I have been renewed or not. I’m waiting …, “he told the newspaper.

Another mayor of the metropolitan area confirmed to the newspaper that he had already received the decree confirming that he had been appointed head of his own municipality. 

“There are only two municipal cartels in the metropolitan area that have not been renewed: Port-au-Prince and Pétion-Ville,” he told the newspaper.

The mayor of Croix-des-Bouquets, Rony Colin, had already indicated last week on Radio Magik 9 that he did not intend to remain at the head of the town hall as an executive. Contacted Wednesday evening by the newspaper, Rony Colin reaffirmed his desire to leave the head of the municipality. Continue reading.

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