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Posted: Tuesday 12 March, 2024 at 6:18 PM

CARICOM Agrees on Interim Committee to Lead Haiti as Haitian President Set to Resign

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has announced his intention to resign amidst escalating gang violence in the economically challenged territory.


    Henry, who has been in exile in Puerto Rico, assumed leadership of the French-speaking territory following the assassination of former Prime Minister Jovenel Moïse. However, rampant gang activity has gripped the streets, prompting calls for Henry and other government officials to step down or face violence.


    Late last evening (Mar. 11), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) confirmed Henry's resignation as pressure continues to mount within Haiti over the dire socio-economic situation.


    In a video message, Prime Minister Henry affirmed his decision to vacate his position once a transitional council is established, stating, "My government will leave immediately after the inauguration of the council".


    CARICOM leaders, in an emergency meeting in Kingston with international partners, announced a commitment to a transitional governance arrangement aimed at facilitating a peaceful transfer of power, ensuring governance continuity, implementing a near-term security action plan, and establishing a path towards free and fair elections.


    The commitment also emphasizes the importance of governing Haiti according to the rule of law, reflecting compromises made by a diverse coalition of actors who prioritize the country's interests above all differences.


    During the transitional period, Henry will continue to lead the country. CARICOM leaders acknowledged his resignation upon the establishment of a Transitional Presidential Council and the appointment of an Interim Prime Minister.


    According to the agreement proposed by CARICOM, individuals currently facing charges, indictments, or convictions in any jurisdiction, those under UN sanctions, those intending to run in the upcoming Haitian elections, and those opposing UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2699 are ineligible to serve on the committee.


    The territory is scheduled to hold elections in 2025.


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