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Haiti - Elections : A precarious calm following trouble in Ouanaminthe

Posted on Friday 27 January 2006

Port-au-Prince, 26 January 2006 [AlterPresse] --- A precarious calm has returned to Ouanaminthe, the border town in North-East Haiti, after two days of tension as René Préval, the Lespwa presidential candidate, continued his campaign in the north of the country.
The situation remains volatile in the town, where two armed groups, one supporting Préval, the other hostile to him, could clash at any moment, according to sources on the ground.
According to the information received by AlterPresse, the risk of armed
confrontation casts doubt on the possibility of holding elections in Ouanaminthe (...)

Trinidad : Haiti’s interim Prime Minister invites Manning to Haiti

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, Janv. 26, 06 [AlterPresse] --- Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue has invited Prime Minister Patrick Manning and several other regional government heads to the state to observe the troubled country’s electoral process.
Latortue met with Manning in his capacity as the Caricom chairman at Whitehall in Port-of-Spain yesterday. His main purpose of the meeting was to request election observers to monitor Haiti’s presidential election on February 7, after being postponed from January 8.
Haiti was scheduled to hold municipal elections on October 9, (...)

Haiti’s Prime Minister to visit Trinidad &Tobago

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, Jan. 24th, 2006 [AlterPresse] --- Haiti’s interim Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue, arrives in Trinidad and Tobago T&T today January 24th, 2006, for meetings with Prime Minister Patrick Manning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday.
Latortue is expected to stay in Trinidad until Thursday January 26th and his itinerary includes a meeting with the secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States, Ruben Silie Valdes.
Details of Latortue’s schedule are expected to be given today.
Latortue’s visit comes ahead of the Caricom heads of (...)

Trinidad : Prime Minister Patrick Manning in Cuba as speculation remains on new Minister of Energy

Posted on Friday 13 January 2006

Port of Spain, 13 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Prime Minister Patrick Manning returns from Cuba January 14 in the night as speculation remains high over who he intends to appoint as the new Minister of Energy and Energy Industries.
Manning was in Cuba, for what Whitehall called a routine medical check-up.
In October, 2004, Manning went to Cuba to have a pacemaker implanted to regularise his heartbeat and has returned to the communist Caribbean state several times for such check-ups.
He left for Cuba on January 12 in the morning without announcing a replacement for Port-of-Spain South MP (...)

Trinidad - Kidnapping : US Embassy’s advisory stays

Posted on Wednesday 11 January 2006

Port of Spain, 11 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- The US Embassy says it is not going to alter its travel advisory to this country because of the recent discovery of the body of kidnap victim Balliram Maharaj.
The US Army veteran was kidnapped from the Saaman Tree Bar in Aranguez on April 6, last year.
Parts of his severed body was found last Sunday in a plastic barrel and styrofoam cooler in two holes in a forested area in Grand Curacaye, Santa Cruz. Yesterday, officials of the US Embassy said they had no intention of issuing a travel advisory because of the recent grisly find and offered no (...)

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