Haitian diaspora gets right to vote


Haitian president Michel Joseph Martelly has published an amended version of the constitution that created new institutions and granted voting rights to Haitians with dual citizenship.

Mr Martelly said the amendments would create a constitutional court to resolve conflicts between parliament and the executive branch and establish a new permanent electoral council to oversee elections. They will also require that at least 30 per cent of government jobs be held by women.

The amendments will also allow Haitians who hold one or several foreign passports to vote and be eligible for appointment to cabinet posts and other administrative and political positions that could only be filled by Haitians who had never become citizens of another country. – (Reuters)