Haiti’s transitional council is facing turmoil following the resignation of its prime minister

Haiti's Transitional Council
The members of Haiti’s transitional council

Haiti’s newly appointed transitional council is already in place immersed in internal chaos after a conflict over the selection of the country’s new prime minister.

A bloc within the council that had announced the election of former Sports Minister Fritz Bélizaire agreed to withdraw his nomination and return to choosing a candidate from a list of approved candidates.

The four members of the bloc, who constitute a majority of the seven voting members of the council, said on Tuesday they had decided to forego a public vote on the election of the president and prime minister.

The announcement sparked new chaos in the council, with other members accusing the “inextricable bloc” of participating in the corrupt practices that contributed to Haiti’s current state of disrepair in the first place. According to the Miami Herald, they represent sectors close to former President Michel Martelly’s Haitian Tèt Kale Parti (PHTK).

“Unfortunately, the charade that took place in the Presidential Council on April 30, 2024 is a conspiracy aimed at guaranteeing power to the PHTK and their allies during the transition period and thus perpetuating the tradition of corruption,” the political party said Fanmi Lavalas said in a statement. rack.

The message was echoed by the Montana Accord, a coalition of community groups with a representative on the council. “The political and economic mafia forces have decided to take control of the presidential council and the government so that they can continue to control the state,” they said.

Foreign governments have so far remained silent about the short-lived appointments and the infighting that followed. The Miami-based outlet reported that CARICOM, the bloc of Caribbean states helping broker an agreement, called all members to a video conference to get an update on matters. However, the three members of the minority bloc have not made this call because they want to propose that non-unanimous voting requires five out of seven votes.

Meanwhile, Haiti’s streets remain shrouded in chaos, with a new series of attacks by organized gangs this week. The attacks took place late Wednesday evening in areas including Solino and Delmas 18, 20 and 24, located southwest of the main international airport, forcing many people to leave the areas on Thursday morning.

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