Six months after he was sworn into office, the government of Prime Minister Jean-Henry CĂ©ant was forced out of office Monday after the Lower Chamber of Deputies voted overwhelming to remove it from office.
The move came as Prime Minister CĂ©ant had gone to the Senate for a meeting only to find 13 Senators present.
The Senate, citing the recent arrest of five armed Americans last month and their subsequent release with the help of the State Department, had summoned both CĂ©ant and his justice minister to its chamber on Monday.
Senate President Carl Murat Cantave tweeted that due to the lack of a quorum, the prime ministerâ€™s session is being rescheduled for Wednesday
However, in the Lower Chamber of Deputies, where 104 Deputies, were present, they voted by a wide margin to censure the Prime Minister.
The agenda of the session was adopted by 88 deputies, 12 against and 4 abstentions and without the prime minister present, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies announced the continuation of the interpellation.
â€śThe results of the session will be communicated to him,â€ť said Deputy Gary Bodeau.
In the vote to remove the government, 93 law makers voted in favour of the motion, six against and three abstained.
A letter will be sent to the President Jovenel Moise regarding the appointment of a a new prime minister.
â€śThe Government of Jean Henry CĂ©ant received a motion of censure from the Chamber of Deputies with 93 votes in favour, 6 against and 3 abstentions,â€ť the Chamber of Deputies announced just after midday on Monday.
â€śIt was illegal. It was unconstitutional,â€ť said Deputy Sinal Betrand, who was among the six who voted against the governmentâ€™s censure.
Political observers said that in the absence of a quorum in the Senate on Monday morning, Prime Minister CĂ©ant could not benefit from a six month stay by way of a vote of confidence.
CĂ©ant later told the Miami Herald newspaper â€śthe decision is illegal and was outside of the constitution, It is unacceptable.â€ť
He said that the justice system needs to shed light.
. The Senate is trying to fight CĂ©antâ€™s ouster.
CĂ©ant and his 21-member cabinet will remain in office as caretakers until a new prime minister is named by President Â MoĂŻse.
Under Haitian law, a caretaker prime minister and government can only oversee the countryâ€™s day-to-day affairs, and cannot enter into any new contracts.
CĂ©ant, a lawyer had replaced Jack Guy Lafontant, as prime minister following a series of street demonstrations over fuel increases.
But in recent weeks, President Moise has been Â under pressure from opposition parties to step down over his handling of domestic affairs as well as the use of funds under the PetroCaribe an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.
Moise has already indicated that he does not intend to step down in favour of armed gangs and drug traffickers, acknowledging that the â€śthe crisis we are going through is very seriousâ€ť.
Last month, CARICOM leaders at their inter-sessional summit in St. Kitts-Nevis â€śexpressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the countryâ€™.
â€śHeads of Government call upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue as a means to address peacefully and meaningfully all relevant issues and to create the conditions for lasting political stability essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Haiti.â€ť