Daily Review: Haiti’s Transitional Council Members Announced

Daily Review: Haiti’s Transitional Council Members Announced
Police officers take cover during an anti-gang operation in the Portail neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 25, 2023 (AP photo by Odelyn Joseph).

The members of a transitional council expected to take over the government in Haiti were announced yesterday, although no date for the council’s investiture has been set. The nine-member council will have a mandate until February 2026, during which time it is expected to appoint a new PM and hold the country’s first elections since 2016. (Reuters)

Our Take

This announcement does not mark the beginning of the end of efforts to stabilize Haiti’s political crisis. Indeed, it may not even mark the end of the beginning. That process didn’t even start in earnest until last month, when developments appeared to reach a breaking point more than two-and-a-half years after the assassination of then-President Jovenel Moise plunged the country into its current situation.

However, the announcement does mark an important step in that process. If confirmed as named, the council will represent a diverse range of politicians, business figures and civil society leaders, and as a result would enjoy a degree of legitimacy that the current government, led by unelected PM Ariel Henry, does not.

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