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Haiti-Presidential Transitional Council: Radio silence and ballet of American military planes

  • May 9, 2024
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By Gotson Pierre

P-au-P., 9 from 2024 [AlterPresse] — Radio silence is maintained on the part of the Presidential Transitional Council (Cpt) on various formulas which would be considered to resolve internal problems observed since its taking office, while the American army seems to be actively preparing the deployment of forces international security.

Does this silence demonstrate a persistent deadlock in the situation, despite the noise surrounding a hypothetical agreement on a few choices, such as the rotating presidency and the move to a qualified majority of 5 out of 7 voting members?

A controversy emerged within the presidential body, in the process of choosing leaders on April 30, the date of the designation of former senator Edgard Leblanc Fils as president of the Council.

The Presidential Transitional Council is made up of 7 voting members and two observers from different political groups, the private sector, civil society and an inter-faith entity. It was officially created, through a decree published on Friday April 12, 2024, by the outgoing de facto government in the official newspaper of the republic “Le Moniteur”.

“The Presidential Transitional Council is chaired by one of its members chosen by consensus or by a majority of them,” stipulates the decree.

Members of the January 30 Collective, the group from which Edgard Leblanc, appointed President of the Council on April 30, comes, maintain that to move to a “rotating presidency”, the decree would have to be modified.

This is the point of view, for example, of Raphael André, from the Mopod party, part of the January 30 Collective, who spoke to AlterPresse/AlterRadio.

The Agreement of April 3, 2024 between the stakeholders making up the entity also provides that “the Presidential Council is coordinated by one of its members serving as President of the Council and chosen/elected in accordance with the ‘Document relating to the organization and operation of the Presidential Council ‘”.

However, the information reported by certain media suggests that there would be an agreement on the “rotating presidency” of 4, then 5, and that one advisor would have withdrawn. So that 4 presidents would each remain 5 months at the head of the Cpt.

No official communication is available on the evolution of the situation within the Council which remains silent, including on its daily actions. An attitude severely criticized by various civil society actors, including the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (Pohdh).

Presidential Advisors are tearing each other apart and are not giving themselves the time to look into the revolting and abominable acts of violation of human rights committed daily by armed gangs, the organization criticizes.

Crucial phase of the crisis

The Haitian multidimensional crisis is entering a crucial phase, where the international community seems to be executing an agenda. We are notably observing a deployment of military resources from the United States, through flights of American military aircraft which are increasing.

These planes, carrying contracted civilian personnel, equipment and supplies, landed at the Port-au-Prince international airport, which no longer receives commercial planes since the sharp escalations of terror by armed gangs, beginning March 2024, according to national and international media reports, citing the Southern Command of the United States Army.

It would be a question for the Americans of preparing for the arrival soon of the Multinational Security Support Mission (Mmas) led by Kenya.

At the same time, the international community has not expressed itself on the political developments in the country. AlterPresse has learned, however, that certain embassies will maintain contact with the current President of the Council, Edgard Leblanc.

There were a lot of expectations at the installation of the Cpt, almost two weeks ago. The security question seems essential.

The criminal actions of armed gangs intensified the day after the official installation of the Council at the National Palace.

For the last two months, we do not yet have an assessment of the lives lost in the relentless offensive of criminal groups, while we know that this terror has caused, according to the United Nations, more than 2,500 deaths or injured during the first quarter of 2024. [gp apr 09/05/2024 16 :00]