Haiti’s Prime Minister Ceant Expected To Resign As Pressure For His Resignation Mounts

A meeting is expected to take place Wednesday between Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant and the president of the country’s Senate to discuss Ceant’s continued presence in office in the face of an “official…

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ceant Expected To Resign As Pressure For His Resignation Mounts

A meeting is expected to take place Wednesday between Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant and the president of the country’s Senate to discuss Ceant’s continued presence in office in the face of an “official demand” to resign by Sen. Ricardo Seitenfus, an estimated 60 percent of Haiti’s Senate in Haiti. The talks will follow a near shutdown of the government on Feb. 13 as a result of an impasse over Ceant’s resignation. “I’m asking the government to follow the will of the Haitian people to tell everyone that the office of President Jovenel Moïse is unable to accept the continuation of Jean-Henry Ceant in the office of Prime Minister,” Seitenfus said. “He should submit himself to the demands of the people and resign.” The pressure on Ceant to resign has been steadily increasing for months. The opposition has pushed for at least six months to the end of Ceant’s administration. Opposition leaders, including presidential candidate Jovenel Moïse, have accused Ceant of authoritarian tactics and a weak economy. In November, Jeune Afrique magazine published an interview with Ceant in which the prime minister spoke about “an unprecedented wave of frustration and anger in the Haitian population.” “It is evident that Haitians are highly dissatisfied with the way this government has been carrying out its work,” Seitenfus said. “They are unhappy about the absolute failure of the fiscal policy, which has led to the deterioration of social infrastructures and humanitarian assistance programs.” On Feb. 14, a closed meeting between the prime minister and members of the Senate and the House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on the issue. According to the agenda for the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sen. Jean Lebrun has called for “proof that is crucial to restore confidence in his administration.” When Ceant took office in August 2017, he offered a ten-point recovery plan. He was a popular diplomat who in 2005 put Haiti in a transitional government following the defeat of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He took power following the resignation of Moïse in February 2017 after an impeachment vote in the Haitian National Assembly. The prime minister said on Jan. 14 he was considering resigning following the meeting. Seitenfus told Fox News that he was “happy with the condition” Ceant was in, but insisted: “This is not about him, it’s about the people of Haiti. This is about the task of government.”

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