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CARICOM & UN Welcome Installation of Haiti’s Prime Minister and Government

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The recent installment of Haiti’s Prime Minister, Garry Conille, and his government on June 12, 2024, has garnered acknowledgment from both the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN).

 

The development signifies a significant step forward in addressing Haiti’s array of challenges and commencing the process of free and fair elections, intending to restore constitutional governance and fortify institutional structures.

 

The announcement, issued on Tuesday (June 18), follows the appointment of Garry Conille, a former regional director for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as interim prime minister two weeks prior.

 

The inclusion of several ministers from outside Haiti’s political sphere in the new cabinet underscores a departure from conventional governance practices. Notably, Dominique Dupuy, Haiti’s representative at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), assumes the role of foreign minister, while Prime Minister Conille also oversees the Haitian National Police as the interior minister.

 

The priorities outlined by the President of the Presidential Transition Council and the Prime Minister for the transition process encompass critical areas, including public security, elections, economic recovery, food and health security, the rule of law and justice, national conference and constitutional reform, and infrastructure rehabilitation. Additionally, there is an emphasis on transparency, integrity in public affairs, and zero tolerance for corruption, signalling a commitment to good governance.

 

CARICOM expressed its support for the transition government in a statement released on June 18, 2024, and reaffirmed its readiness to assist Haiti as it navigates through these challenging times.

 

Haiti has been facing significant challenges, including gang violence, natural disasters, food insecurity, and political instability, compounded by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.

 

Following Moise’s assassination, then-Prime Minister Ariel Henry assumed de facto leadership. However, concerns arose over the postponement of elections, leading to Henry’s resignation in April 2024 and the subsequent establishment of a transitional presidential council.

 

With Haiti not having held elections since 2016, the formation of the new transitional council sets the stage for democratic processes supported by the international community.

 

Efforts are underway to address security concerns, with calls for the anticipated multinational security force led by Kenya to restore order in Haiti, where criminal gangs have exerted significant influence.

 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Haiti’s new government, urging stakeholders to prioritise democratic institutions and electoral processes.

 

Meanwhile, humanitarian aid continues to support those displaced by violence in Port-au-Prince, with organisations providing essential services despite ongoing challenges, particularly in the south.

 

As Haiti embarks on its journey towards stability and democracy, international solidarity and assistance remain crucial in addressing humanitarian and security needs.

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