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  • March 20, 2024
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Dixie Thelusmond Ariel Henry: 32 months of failure for undivided power


Ariel Henry, who led the country for approximately 32 months with undivided power, is criticized for his incompetence and his cynicism towards the population. Indeed, it is with great frustration and anger that most people in Port-au-Prince today face the violence imposed by armed groups in the capital, while precisely the mission of the government of the very renowned neurosurgeon was to bring peace across the country. This failure not only caused this escalation of violence, but also plunged the country into a governance crisis, to which we do not yet have a solution.

It is through the force of circumstances, we think of the events of the end of February, that the international community, notably the United States of America, had to resign itself to withdrawing its support for PM Ariel Henry. Indeed, to keep power as long as possible, the team in place had to resort to all means: intimidation, delaying tactics, popular repression, among others. All this, to finally be ejected without any consideration by an international community, which finally opened its eyes to the proven incompetence of the head of the Prime Minister to lead Haiti. In fact, by withdrawing its support from this de facto government, the international community is becoming aware of the dimension of the crisis, and the consequences that this has on the progress of activities in the country.

It all started with gang violence on February 28, when Ariel Henry was on an official visit to Guyana via Kenya. And since then, events have happened so quickly that the resignation of the PM has already been recorded, and steps to replace him are underway.

Caricom has acted as a mediator since last year to facilitate an agreement between PM Ariel Henry, who has not yet resigned, and the opposition. However, they failed to find common ground due to a crucial disagreement, notably on the issue of a two-headed executive. Ariel Henry’s group opposed this idea, while the other group supported it, even proposing a new PM for this executive model.

In order to find a solution to the crisis, CARICOM, with the support of the United States, is planning a post-Ariel Henry transition by setting up a presidential council composed of the Collective of Political Parties of January 30, which appointed Edgard Leblanc Fils ; from Fanmi Lavalas, who nominated Leslie Voltaire; from EDE, RED and Compromis historique, who chose Marie Ghislaine Mompremier. The Montana Accord opted for Fritz Alphonse Jean, Laurent St Cyr was designated by the private sector, and Louis Gérald Gilles represents the December 21 Accord. The observer members are: Pierre Jean Raymond André and René Jean-Jumeaux.

Indeed, how will this presidential council, made up of members from different political factions, be able to manage the country? This is all the more worrying when we observe that even three mayors cannot manage a single municipality. We are all aware of the selfish behavior of Haitian politicians, who only think about their personal interests and those of their clan, to the detriment of the population.

During Ariel Henry’s 32 months of governance, Haiti was marked by economic decline, persistent insecurity, thousands of shootings, large numbers of displaced people, and a notable increase in corruption. It is doubtful whether the transitional presidential council can work hard to restore a sufficient level of security throughout the national territory, which is necessary to organize general elections in the country. It is now hoped that the country will not experience further lost years, as was the case during the previous transition.


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