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CPT: rotating presidency adopted, a 5/7 majority required for major decisions, Edgard Leblanc president until October 7

  • May 11, 2024
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In a resolution taken on May 7, 2024, the members of the Transitional Presidential Council agreed on a rotating presidency starting on May 7, 2024 and a 5/7 majority for crucial decisions including the formation of the government and the choice of members of the CEP. Edgard Leblanc will be president of the CPT until October 7.

In this resolution, the members of the Presidential Transitional Council (CPT) took measures to consolidate and energize the political transition process in Haiti. At the heart of this resolution is the adoption of a rotating presidency and the establishment of a 5/7 majority for “major decisions”, thus marking a significant step towards this transitional governance.

In accordance with this resolution, Edgard Leblanc was appointed president of the CPT for the first term, which will last until October 7, 2024.

The second president will be Smith Augustin (from October 7, 2024 to March 7, 2025), the third Leslie Voltaire (from March 7, 2025 to August 7, 2025), the fourth Louis Gérald Gilles (from August 7, 2025 to February 7, 2026).

In addition, the Transitional Presidential Council adopted the decision to require a 5/7 majority for “major decisions, notably the choices of the Prime Minister; members of the government; members of the CEP; Directors General; leaders of independent institutions; Ambassadors and Consuls General, Boards of Directors of autonomous organizations; local authorities; commanders of public forces. This, in the absence of consensus.

The Transitional Presidential Council says it took this decision mainly to promote cohesion within the Transitional Presidential Council; which, according to the CPT, “is an imperative necessity to guarantee the resolution of the multidimensional crisis facing the Haitian nation”.

The resolution was signed by all the councilors, except Pastor Frinel Joseph, an observer member of the Presidential Transitional Council who was absent.

Furthermore, the Presidential Transitional Council will meet on Saturday May 11, 2024 to amend the April 3 agreement and harmonize the decree previously published by the government of Ariel Henry.

By: Daniel Zéphyr

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Gazette Haiti