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Haiti – FLASH: The organizations of CPT representatives in disagreement with the Government decree

  • April 15, 2024
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Haiti – FLASH: The organizations of CPT representatives disagree with the Government decree
15/04/2024 07:04:21

The organizations of the designated representatives of the Presidential Transitional Council (CPT) in a note, express their disagreement with the Government decree relating to the creation of the CPT published in the official newspaper “Le Moniteur” Friday April 12, 2024. In summary, they criticize the Henry Government, for the sake of transparency and to give “at least” constitutional credibility to the CPT, to require that the designated members comply with the requirements of the Constitution by filing the required documents, and to ensure in addition, that no of members is sanctioned by the UN and does not oppose Resolution 2699/2023 of the United Nations Security Council authorizing the deployment of the Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti, while the organizations having designated their member wants to be published a decree transforming the designation into an appointment, without verification of the past and the situation of each member and this as an exceptional measure.

It is noted that apart from Lesly Voltaire, designated representative of the Political Organization Fanmi Lavalas, none of the members of the CPT in their own name, directly signed this note which was initialed by representatives of the organizations involved in the agreement policy.

Finally, let us specify that in this note we are talking about the resigning Government of Ariel Henry while the Government has not yet resigned, the penultimate recital of the decree of April 12, 2024 stipulates “ the Prime Minister will present the resignation of his Government following the appointment of a new Prime Minister »

Download the official decree (PDF in French): https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/Decret-portant-creation-du-Conseil-presidentiel-de-transition.pdf

Full note of the position of the political agreement organizations:

“The undersigned representatives of political, economic, religious and civil society organizations, stakeholders in the political process leading to the signing, on April 3, 2024, with the facilitation of CARICOM, of the Transition Agreement Pacific and Orderly, salute the courage of the Haitian people, victims, particularly over the past 34 months, of an unprecedented deterioration in the security, socio-economic and living conditions of the vast majority of our fellow citizens.

Download the full text of the signed political agreement: https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/accord-politique-pour-une-transition-pacifique-et-ordonnee.pdf

These organizations are deeply shocked upon learning of the decree published on April 12, 2024 by the government chaired by the impeached Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry, and denounce the introduction of major modifications which distort the consensual project of a two-headed executive carried by the Presidential Transitional Council, consensus patiently and laboriously built between Stakeholders from March 11, 2024.

The undersigned organizations, stakeholders in the dialogue process whose results enabled the agreement of March 11, 2024, contest the validity of the decree of April 12, 2024 for the following reasons:

1. The impeded Prime Minister and his resigning government have deliberately chosen not to respect the commitments to which they subscribed, through their direct representatives grouped within the Agreement of December 21 (see correspondence of April 1, 2024 addressed to the Chiefs of State and Government of CARICOM by the signatories of the Agreement of December 21 to designate Dr. Louis Gérald Gilles as member of the Presidential Transitional Council). Stakeholders, including representatives of this Government, have designated their representatives to the Presidential Transitional Council under the conditions defined jointly at the meeting of March 11, 2024.

2. The impeded Prime Minister and the resigning government chose not to publish, or even mention, the Political Agreement of April 3, 2024 in the decree of April 12 creating the Presidential Transitional Council and not to make public Le Moniteur Spécial No. 14-A relating to “Order appointing the Members of the Presidential Transitional Council “. However, it should be remembered that Prime Minister Ariel Henry came to power in exceptional circumstances linked to the assassination on July 7, 2021 of President Jovenel Moise, thanks to three political agreements, two of which were published in Le Moniteur .

3. These exceptional circumstances were first translated into the Agreement of September 11, 2021, published in the Moniteur on September 17, 2021 to consolidate the power of Dr. Ariel Henry freshly invested on July 22, 2021 by his predecessor the Prime Minister ai Claude Joseph; these exceptional circumstances were subsequently translated into the Agreement of December 21, 2022, published in the Moniteur on January 3, 2023, to extend the mandate of Prime Minister Ariel Henry until February 7, 2024.

4. After approximately 33 months of exercising power, these exceptional circumstances worsened with “lost territories”, the floods of internally displaced persons, the interruption of the country’s supply circuits, the dysfunction of the Administration public, etc. All this amply justifies the publication in the Moniteur of the Agreement of April 3, 2024, creating the Presidential Transitional Council and the establishment of a Government of rescue and national unity led by a new Prime Minister of consensus, in accordance with the commitments made, in the presence of CARICOM, by this de facto Government.

5. We must recall that in the absence of the Political Agreements of September 11, 2021 and December 21, 2022, no member of the current Cabinet would have been eligible to be Minister or Prime Minister based on the provisions of the constitution.

6. Stakeholders remain committed to the consensus built from March 11, 2024. Consensus which is codified in the Agreement for a Peaceful and Orderly Transition signed on April 3, 2024 between different actors, including the signatories of the Agreement of 21 December 2022.

The undersigned stakeholders demand strict compliance with the commitments to which the resigning government made during the CARICOM-led political process. They ask that arrangements be made to:

Publish in Le Moniteur the political agreement and the document relating to the organization and functioning of the Presidential Council;

Connect the bipartisan transfer of powers commissions;

Install as soon as possible the Presidential Transitional Council in the form and content defined in the Political Agreement for a Peaceful and Orderly Transition of April 3, 2024.

Follow signatures:

Sectors / Representatives

Agreement of August 30, 2021 known as the Montana Agreement
Andrée Magali COMEAU DENIS
Jacques Tezd ST DIC

Agreement of December 21, 2022
Vikerson GARNIER

Employer associations and groups of Haitian businessmen and women
Pierre Marie Boisson

Collective of Political Parties of January 30, 2023
Clarens RENOIS

Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization

Desalin’s Son Party
Weesley PIERRE

Democratic Resistance Platform (RED/EDE) and the Historical Compromise political grouping
Sterline CIVIL
A. Rodon Beloved

Civil Society Group
Georges Wilbert FRANCK
Pierre Jean Raymond ANDRE

Rally for a National Agreement (REN)/lnter-Faith
Jean Lucien LIGONDÉ »

HL/ S/ HaïtiLibre

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