"In total, 47 of 60 days were spent abroad by President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe during the supposed humanitarian response..."
"Le Président Michel Martelly et le Premier ministre Laurent Lamothe ont passé 47 jours sur 60 à l'étranger pendant la période de la supposée réponse humanitaire..."
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and other ministers failed to appear for a third Senate Economic and Finance Committee hearing towards investigating the disappearance of $125 million [US] emergency funding disbursed to the administration for humanitarian relief following the passage of Hurricane Sandy and Isaac in October 2012.
In total, this is the fourth senate convocation snub on this matter by the Martelly administration. Beyond declarations made in the press January by the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, who was the only minister present at the past hearing and said these funds had not been spent, lawmakers have not been able to attain any information on the funds or work done during the state of emergency status called in the Fall of 2012 by Haiti's Premier.
On October 31st, 2012, six days following the passage of the second devastating storm in a month, Hurricane Sandy, the administration declared Haiti under a state of emergency. For an example, Lamothe said in the agricultural sector, damage and losses were estimated at $124 million [US]. 25,000 Haitians had become homeless because of the storm that killed more than 100 with some still missing.
The administration was able to receive $120 million [US] of emergency funding for the month-long state of emergency status but the next day left the country and were not seen for 21 days.
President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe hopped aboard planes and were in different countries in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America. The Presidential family visited Pope Benoit XVI, who recently retired, and enjoyed a Real Madrid playoff game - touring the locker room and lockers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká. In France, the family scheduled and attended a performance for one of the first son's, Sandro "T-Micky" Martelly, a talented musician in his own right, and met up with other government officials in South Florida for a pick-up game of soccer.
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