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The transition in Haiti stumbles over political disagreements

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar26,2024

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The situation remains chaotic in Haiti.

Agence France-Presse

The transition in Haiti is hampered by disagreements between the personalities who should compose the future governing body, two weeks after the announcement of the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry and while gangs continue to terrorize the population.

Appointed a few days before the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Mr. Henry was highly contested. His mandate was marked by a rise in the power of armed gangs who were already ravaging the country and today control at least 80% of the capital Port-au-Prince.

He agreed on March 11 to give way to a transitional presidential council, announced during a meeting between Haitian representatives and those of several countries and organizations, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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An emergency meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held on March 11 to try to find a way out of the crisis.

But this council – which must have seven voting members representing the main political forces in Haiti and the private sector, in addition to two non-voting members – hardly to see the light of day.

The political parties all managed to nominate their candidate after arduous negotiations and back-and-forths. A sign that the situation is changing, the list changed again this weekend.

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The nine personalities met Monday afternoon by videoconference with CARICOM, the regional bloc which oversees the Haitian talks, one of them told AFP on condition of anonymity. .

In the evening, it is expected that they will try to choose the person who, among them, will take the head of these new authorities, said the x27;AFP one of the parties involved in the negotiations. This issue has been the subject of disagreement in recent days.

The meeting with CARICOM must focus on a political agreement which will serve as a framework document for the installation of the presidential council.

D' according to one of the representatives, meetings between future members of the council this weekend made it possible to move forward on several points, including the criteria for becoming president of the council and for choosing an interim prime minister.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">This weekend, Haiti's ambassador to UNESCO, Dominique Dupuy, selected to represent the EDE/RED/Historical Compromise coalition, announced that she was throwing in the towel. sponge.

The only woman chosen to be part of the council spoke of death threats against her family as well as misogynistic attacks. She was replaced by Smith Augustin, former Haitian ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

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Police officers battling gangs near the presidential palace, March 21, 2024, in Port-au-Prince au-Prince

After a weekend marked by intense exchanges of gunfire in Port-au-Prince, a police officer was killed Monday morning by armed bandits in Carrefour Vincent, in the metropolitan region of the capital. Two other officers were also injured during this attack, said the Synapoha police union.

In Port-au-Prince, activities have resumed classes, even if schools and public administrations remain closed.

Violence and insecurity in Port-au-Prince continue to disrupt aid operations.

A quote from Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

The World Health Organization warns that less than half of Health facilities in the capital are operating normally, he added.

Kenya was due to send a thousand police officers to Haiti as part of a UN-backed mission, but announced it would suspended this deployment in view of the situation.

James B. Foley, a former United States ambassador to Haiti, judged in an article published Monday in the Washington Post that the situation [had] deteriorated to the point that Washington may have no choice but to mount a brief operation to supplant the gangs and facilitate political transition.

The United States has said it is not considering this option at this time.

On Sunday, France chartered military helicopters to allow its most vulnerable nationals to leave Haiti, as commercial air links with Port-au-Prince were interrupted.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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