Haitian President Jovenel Moïse nominated the two-time presidential candidate Jean Henry Céant, leader of the political party Renmen Ayiti (Love Haiti), to be his next prime minister.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse following a two-day consultation with the presidents of the two branches of parliament, and many sectors of the society in 3 earlier weeks, nominated Jean Henry Céant (61) to be his next prime minister. Jean Henry Céant, a leader of the Renmen Ayiti (Love Haiti) party was two-time presidential candidate in 2010 and 2016 .The announcement came three weeks after the former Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned amid violent and deadly protests sparked by a proposed plan to significantly raise fuel prices.
Jean-Henry Céant was born on September 27, 1956 in Goureau, a district in the Croix-des-Missions, at the commune of Tabarre (Haiti). Céant has a genial personality. A one-time notary by profession and former presidential candidate, but is known to many Haitians as a "land thief" (volè tè) for his conduct as a notary. It is a common practice in Haiti that the notaries, a cross between accountant and lawyer, instead of safeguarding the titles to their clients' land, manipulate them for own benefit. Céant is also remembered for his alleged involvement as notaire helping former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to purchase land in the Port-au-Prince suburb Tabarre for his residence and the Aristide Foundation for Democracy and its university (UNIFA).
Jean Henry Céant has a controversial background. Former Ambassador Kenneth Merten (who now heads the U.S. State Department's Haiti Desk) described Céant in Wikileaks as "Aristide's notary and a personal friend. An early supporter of Aristide, and is thought to have helped Aristide in meeting property ownership requirements so he could run for President. Céant's wealth went up significantly after his ties with Aristide."
Henriot Dorcent, a Haitian political analyst described him as an "opportunist." "Under the dictatorship of Gen. Prosper Avril, he worked closely with lawyer Réné Julien, who was Céant's mentor and Avril's cousin But when the political winds shifted, he joined Aristide and the Lavalas, acting as Aristide's notaire and managed jobs for his wife as Aristide's private secretary and his brother in CONATEL. Then he jumped into the Martelly camp. When Jovenel came to power, he jumped to Jovenel's defence to save him from money-laundering scam through his business Agritrans.
The new political opposition coalition "Democratic Entente" headed by Evans Paul.
Entente Democratic (ED), or Democratic Agreement, a platform has been formed by the former president Martelly's PHTK party and its allies as a general mobilization force with a single objective of overthrowing Provisional President Jocelerme Privert from power. Some of the participants of this political coalition include: the KID, the PHTK, the National Consortium of political Parties Haitians, "Repon Peyizan" of "Platfom Viktwa", the National Bloc Right Centre, MONHA. They have given reference of Article (149-1) which says the acting President may in no case, be a candidate in the next Presidential election, and as per Article 134-3, the President of the Republic may not be re-elected. He may serve an additional term only after an interval of five (5) years. Thus, Privert cannot any more continue or re-elect as the Haitian President. Evans Paul, the former prime minister, as the head of the platform has announced, continuation of Privert as the Interim President without any title or quality is against the law of the country and is a matter of a criminal offence. The three branches of government, such as, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, should meet immediately to bring back the country onto the rail of the constitution.
Political parties KID and PHTK through "democratic Agreement" (EDS) filed the operation Friday, June 10 ,, demanding the provisional president Jocelerme Privert to resign the next June 14
June, 2016: Evans Paul: "Lè w pa konpoze, Ou dekonpoze, lè w finn dekonpoze yo depoze w "
As per the news report dated June 18, 2016, a new political opposition coalition "Democratic Agreement" (ED) referring Article 149-1 of the Haitian Constitution, has claimed that once the term of a Haitian President expires, he cannot continue to act as the President of Haiti any more. As per their referred Article (149-1), the acting President may in no case, be a candidate in the next Presidential election. Furthermore, as per Article 134-3, the President of the Republic may not be re-elected. He may serve an additional term only after an interval of five (5) years. Former Prime Minister Evans Paul as the spokesperson of the coalition group said, the mandate of the former President Jocelerme Privert had ended on 14 June 2016; he cannot any more continue or re-elect as the Haitian President.
These two leaders do not see eye to eye at all in Haitian politic. Since the time President Michel Martelly came into office, one person who has been in total opposition to his government is Senator Moise Jean Charles.
Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite) recently stated that he wants the resignation of the Head of State.
Here is a picture of the group G-8 as they meet once again. In the last November, the group G8 was formed with eight losing presidential candidates, including seven of top ten vote getters, representing 49.81% of the vote. The main demand of the group was to form an independent commission of inquiry to inquire and assess the alleged frauds affecting the integrity of the October 25th election. They also demanded a transitional government as they felt no fair election is possible under Martelly administration and the then CEP was subject to external influences. In last month (May 2016), nearly 7 months after its creation, it was leaked on the internet that G8 no longer exists as their missions have been accomplished. Martelly already departed, a transitional government has been formed and the said disputed election was put under the scanner of an independent verification commission. However, with the breaking news on dissolution, the G8 members were divided on the status of their pact. Eric Jean Baptiste of the G8, on a radio interview, denied such internet news of dissolution which was leaked by Mathias Pierre who is a political adviser of the presidential candidate Moïse Jean-Charles of G8. Moreover, he said, since Mathias Pierre is not a member of the group, he had no authority to speak about this. The group had met as usual on May 19th. However, on Sunday, May 22nd, Moïse Jean-Charles on his Facebook page confirmed the breakup. Sauveur Etienne, Coordinator of the "Organization of People in Struggle" (OPL) accused President Privert for the leak, because he believes Privert wants to go ahead with the election. Some of the political observers are of opinion that among the G8, there is no consensus. The group is full of disagreements and conflicting political interests.
Here are some friends and supporters of Jovenel Moise in the streets of Port-au-Prince demanding the holding of the second tour of election.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, thousands of supporters of presidential candidate Jovenel Moise (PHTK) came to the street demanding quick second phase of elections to end a crisis of power in the country. The runoff has been postponed several times due to instable political conditions and other reasons. In the first round of presidential elections, held on October 25, 2015, Martelly nominated Jovenel Moise secured first position with 32.8% votes, defeating runner up Jude Celestin (LAPEH) with 25.3% votes. There were numerous allegations of false voting, manipulation on counting and there were huge protests against the results published by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) favoring Martelly's candidate Jovenel Moise. On November 29, 2015, Celestin and another seven presidential candidates, representing 49.81% of the vote, gave an ultimatum that no honest, transparent and credible election is possible by the Martelly administration in conjunction with the corrupt CEP along with the support of Police Nationale d'Haïti (PNH). Now Martelly is no more in power. Two bitter opponents, Moise (PHTK) and Celestin (LAPEH), are going to join hands and fight against Interim President Privert, demanding a quick election. There is a possibility to watch a joint rally from PHTK and LAPEH supporters on the streets demanding early elections.
Here is a picture of the logo for LAPEH and PHTK.
Now the Haitians are waiting to watch one of the most famous reunions. From once worst enemy, fighting against the Martelly administration (PHTK), now LAPEH is planning to join PHTK and fight against the government of Privert. In last April, Jean Hector Anacacis, the coordinator of the Alternative League for Progress of Haiti (LAPEH) has said his party is equally worried like PHTK about the willingness of Privert administration to hold elections. He did not preclude the possibility of being in the street with PHTK supporters against Privert as they share common interests. On January 2016, at the Kinam Hotel, Jovenel Moïse, the presidential candidate from PHTK, mentioned his LAPEH opponent Jude Célestin as a competitor, not an opponent. As per his statement, Jude Célestin is a competitor who is Haitian. We can sit down together and talk for the benefit of the country.
Registered Parties for Election need CEP Approval
By midnight on March 20, 2015 registration ended for parties wanting to participate in general elections. The Annex Electoral Council (CEP) recorded 187 well-known and anonymous political groups.
Radical group Pitit Desalin was registered by ex-Senator Jean-Charles. The Patriotic Movement for Democratic Opposition was registered by its founder Mirlande Manigat.
All registered parties must be verified by CEP on the basis of required documentation. Those approved will be officially sanctioned for participation in the elections.
Here is a picture of former police commissioner and head of the National Reconstruction Front (FRN), Guy Philippe. He was accused in the killing of Dionald Polyte, a Haitian Congressman
Guy Philippe who denied that he was involved in any plot to kill Dionald Polyte stated that this was part of a plan by the current President of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe to tarnish his image.