PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Citing the end of his presidential term and impending relocation, René Préval has canceled the last cabinet meeting of the year in order to host a moving sale.
The president plans to sell many of his belongings that survived the recent earthquake, which range from his presidential portrait to his prized Tropicana collection.
Préval, who has plastered Port-au-Prince with flyers and signs to advertise the upcoming rummage sale, promises to sell various items he has collected over the years including a guest book signed by dignitaries and a number of vintage Taboo Combo t-shirts at low, low prices.
"At first, I was like 'cool, we don't have a cabinet and I can go to the beach.' But then, Préval ordered us to work at the moving sale," said Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who has been assigned to keep an eye on the furniture section. "If that's not executive power abuse, I don't know what is."
Like several cabinet members, Bellerive is looking for ways to dodge his moving sale duties.
"I may tell Préval that I have another international donor conference in Canada that day," said Bellerive. "That always works to get out of stuff."
While many political observers and moving sale professionals expect a low turnout at the sale because most Haitians do not have much disposable income, Préval remains upbeat about the event.
"I am confident a lot of folks will come to take advantage of the great deals,' Préval said. "I mean, who doesn't love a good sale?
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