OPL Executive Committee opposes party coordinator Edgard Leblanc's participation in new Front Uni political alliance

By Amitié FM, Oct. 26, 2023

The executive committee of the Organisation du Peuple en Lutte (OPL) is in uproar following the official presentation, on Wednesday October 25, 2023, of the new political alliance Front uni pour une sortie de crise efficace et durable (United Front)), which brings together former officials of the PHTK regime and its allies. 

A majority of the members of the OPL's executive council say that they do not recognize the participation of the party's general coordinator, Mr. Edgard Leblanc, in this alliance, which hopes to set up a transitional executive in line with the spirit of the current Constitution.

"Nou menm manm Komite Ekzekitif nasyonal OPL la , nou sezi wè jodi mèkredi 25 oktòb 2023 a, Kòdonatè jeneral OPL la, Edgard Leblanc Fils, sou yon tab piblik, yon bann pati politik ekstrèm dwat tankou PHTK, EDE, elt.... , anpil nan yo patisite nan konstui gang pou kraze peyi a pandan 5 dènye lane ki pase yo, yo gaye kòripsyon tou patou nan fonksyon piblik la ak sosyete a, yo vòlè fon Petrokaribe ak CIRH, yo masakre pèp la anpil kote nan peyi a, se ak pati kriminèl sa yo Kòdonatè jeneral OPL al chita pou lanse yon fwon politik", the document reads. 

According to an OPL memo signed by Ketel JEAN-PHILIPPE, vice-coordinator general; Danio SIRIACK, communications coordinator and spokesman; Arry MARSAN, coordinator of Haitians living abroad; Pierre Willer RIVIÈRE, coordinator of international relations; Reland Pierre, advisor; Eddy Paul FLEURENT, advisor; and Melius HYPPOLITE, advisor, claim to be unaware of Edgard Leblanc's involvement with the Front Uni. They called out Leblanc for the acting without consulting them.

"Nòt entèn sa se yon pozisyon klè poun fè Kòdonatè jeneral la ak tout dirijan e manm pati a konnen nou pa rekonèt OPL nan okan fwon politik. Nou pap neglije pran tout pozisyon piblik ki nesesè nan ekzèsis dwa demokratik nou kòm dirijan e manm pati a", they warn. 

Edgard Leblanc's participation in United Front has only reinforced the  belief of many who say that the OPL has always been an ally of the PHTK regime, which some accuse of being the main architect of the socio-political and security crisis the country has been facing for over two years.

 

Translated and edited for clarity by CHIP editors

 

Posted Oct. 28, 2023