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Profile: Paul Emile Simon

 
  

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March 5, 2004      Haiti Coup

       A Tripartite Council (see March 4, 2004) meets and selects a seven-member Council of Sages. It chooses Lamartine Clermont, Catholic Church; Ariel Henry, Democratic Convergence; Anne-Marie Issa, director-general of Signal FM Radio; Mac Donald Jean, Anglican Church; Danielle Magliore, director of ENFOFANM; Christian Rousseau, University administrator (previously involved in opposition student protests); and Paul Emile Simon, Fanmil Lavalas (party of Aristide government). [Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, 3/4/2003; Haiti Info, 3/6/2004; US State Department, 3/19/2004; Fire, 1999; Agence-France Presse, 1/7/2004]
People and organizations involved: Christian Rousseau, Danielle Magliore, Paul Emile Simon, Leslie Voltaire, Paul Denis, Adamo Guino, Mac Donald Jean, Anne-Marie Issa, Lamartine Clermont, Ariel Henry
          

March 9, 2004      Haiti Coup

       Haitian Gerard Latortue is appointed Prime Minister by the seven-member Council of Sages formed under a plan approved by the United States, France and the Organization of American States (see March 5, 2004). Latortue, whose current place of residence is Boca Raton, Florida, has been living outside of Haiti for decades. [Reuters, 3/13/2004; NBC News, 3/11/2004; Agence-France Presse, 3/11/2004] The 69-year-old former foreign minister has worked for the UN Industrial Development Organization in Africa (1972-1994) and most recently has been working as an international business consultant in Miami. [Associated Press, 3/10/2004; NBC News, 3/11/2004; Haiti Support Group, 3/17/2004] Hours after the appointment, US members of the international security force are fired upon by gunmen in three separate incidents while on patrol near the prime minister's official residence. [Agence-France Presse, 3/11/2004; Associated Press, 3/11/2004]
People and organizations involved: Danielle Magliore, Ariel Henry, Gerard Latortue, Christian Rousseau, Anne-Marie Issa, Paul Emile Simon, Lamartine Clermont, Mac Donald Jean
          

Mid-March 2004      Haiti Coup

       “Following a US-backed plan,” Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue meets with political leaders to begin the process of selecting thirteen ministers for a new interim government. People who had worked in the government since 2000 are automatically disqualified. Additionally, no representatives from any political parties—the Lavalas Family Party or the opposition—are supposed to be included in the interim cabinet. Notably, several of those chosen have held posts in international development organizations, which as the Haiti Support Group notes, “have been very active in Haiti for many decades without making any discernible progress with the country's social or economic development.” Among those chosen are Yvon Simeon as foreign minister; Bernard Gousse, an anti-Aristide lawyer, as justice minister; Henri Bazan, president of the Haitian Association of Economists, UN consultant, as finance minister; former Gen. Herard Abraham as interior minister; Josette Bijoux, World Health Organization, as public health minister; Daniel Saint-Lot, Director of Training for the controversial USAID-funded, community radio development program, RAMAK, as commerce, industry and tourism minister, Pierre Buteau, as education and culture minister; Roland Pierre, agronomist, as planning and environment minister, Smarck Michel, former primer minister, as planning minister. [Haiti Support Group, 3/17/2004; CNN, 3/16/2004] Despite Latortue's assurances, several of these people do have ties to political parties. Yvon Simeon, was the Democratic Convergence's representative in Europe and Bernard Gousse is said to be an active member of the Group of 184. [Haiti Support Group, 3/17/2004] Interestingly, many of the new cabinet members, lilke Mr. LaTortue himself, are from Boca Raton, Florida, leading some observers to refer to the new government as the “Boca Regime.” [Zmag, 5/5/2004]
People and organizations involved: Daniel Saint-Lot, Josette Bijoux, Herard Abraham, Pierre Buteau, Roland Pierreas, Smarck Michel, Henri Bazan, Bernard Gousse, Yvon Simeon, Gerard Latortue, Lamartine Clermont, Anne-Marie Issa, Christian Rousseau, Ariel Henry, Danielle Magliore, Mac Donald Jean, Paul Emile Simon
          

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