Signatory of Montana Accords discusses the orderly departure of interim PM Ariel Henry

By La Nouvellist, Oct. 28, 2021

Jacques Ted Saint-Dic, member of the “Commission for the Search for a Haitian Solution to the Crisis” (French acronym CRSHC), initiator of the so-called Montana Accords, says he is neither for nor against the resignation of the current head of the government, Ariel Henry. On the other hand, he thinks that his departure should be done in order, following an agreement previously reached between different sectors of civil society.

"The commission is working on a plan to replace the current head of government, Ariel Henry. We are responsible people. We cannot develop a transition plan that will cause disorder and allow the international bodies to decide who will replace him. The people who are demanding his resignation, do they know how this process should occur? Is there a mechanism that has been put in place to do so? "he wondered.

"We cannot cause more disorder in the country. We must find a political negotiation on how the transition should be done. In an orderly and responsible manner," he said.

Mr. Saint-Dic said he had met Prime Minister Ariel Henry and representatives from other political groups. He says that he is not, however, in discussion with these representatives to find a solution to the political crisis.

"Formally, we are not presently negotiating to find an agreement to the political crisis. I do not know if we have invited a person in an individual capacity. So far, we have not received a formal invitation for a discussion in this matter", he said, to Panel Magik this Wednesday, October 27th.

The Bureau de Suivi (translated: “Office for the Monitoring of the Implementation of the Accords”) met with Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday October 26 and discussed a number of points. We have started a political dialogue with Ariel Henry which will be extended probably this Wednesday October 27. The country is taken hostage by the gangs. Insecurity was one of the points discussed, explained Mr. Saint-Dic, who recalls that the authorities who are in power, although de facto, have the responsibility to guarantee peace in the country".

Mr. Saint-Dic said he saw that there was no defined security plan in the country to coordinate actions to ensure peace and security among the population. He admits that nothing concrete was discussed on the proposals Ariel Henry presented during the meeting.

Given the deterioration of the country's situation and the weakness of the leaders, the political leader announces an acceleration in the process of setting up the Montana Accord. "The National Transitional Council will be set up in 6 or 7 days. Citizens have already expressed their interest in participating. We are in the phase where we are vetting people. Once the CNT is complete we will be ready to welcome the candidacy of people wishing to lead the transitional power", said M. Saint-Dic.


The merger of the agreements and the opinion of Jacques Ted Saint-Dic

Jacques Ted Saint-Dic of the CRSHC believes that it would be almost impossible to merge the agreements that are on the table to resolve the political crisis. "In a country, it is normal to have several political projects, several understandings of the political reality. However, if the person remains resistant on his position, how can we merge different conceptions of building democracy?” He asked himself.

The country's constitution has a provision for a bicameral executive. How do we negotiate this point? asked Mr. Saint-Dic, who thinks that these questions deserve to be addressed but cannot be the focus of a merger. "He can have a political agreement of two Accords on the political management of the immediate future, but not on the fundamentals", he believes.


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted Nov. 15, 2021