Haiti has a transitional ruling council

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A transitional council responsible for choosing Haiti’s next leadership has been established after weeks of uncertainty, according to a decree published in Haiti’s official state journal.
The move comes a month after Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced he would step down once the council is inaugurated and names a new prime minister and cabinet.
The council, composed of seven voting members and two non-voting observers, is tasked with choosing and appointing a new prime minister as well as an “impartial” electoral council, the decree reads.
It will exercise certain presidential powers until a new president-elect is inaugurated, which must take place no later than February 7, 2026.
The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) welcomed the news in a statement on Friday.
“The establishment of the nine-member broad-based, politically inclusive Council signals the possibility of a new beginning for Haiti,” the statement read.
According to CARICOM, one of the first priorities of the newly installed council will be to urgently address the security situation in the region.
CARICOM, which worked with Haiti last month to develop a framework for the transitional council, said there are still challenges ahead, but that it would support Haiti as it determines its future.

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Following weeks of uncertainty, a decree published in Haiti’s official state journal established a transitional council tasked with selecting the country’s next leader.

One month prior to the council’s induction and appointment of a new prime minister and cabinet, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry had declared he would step down.

A new prime minister and an “impartial” electoral council are to be chosen and appointed by the council, which consists of seven voting members and two non-voting observers, according to the decree.

Until the next president-elect is sworn in on February 7, 2026, at the latest, it will carry out some presidential duties.

According to the decree, the council’s mandate will expire on that day and cannot be extended.

As per the press release issued by the council, the members of the council are Fritz Alphonse Jean, Louis Gérald Gilles, Edgard Leblanc Fils, Emmanuel Vertilaire, Smith Augustin, Lesly Voltaire, Laurent Saint Cyr, Frinel Joseph, and Régine Abraham.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm in a statement released on Friday by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).

The statement said that “the formation of the nine-member broad-based, politically inclusive Council signals the possibility of a new beginning for Haiti.”.

As per CARICOM, the newly appointed council’s top priority will be to promptly tackle the security circumstances in the area.

Although there are still obstacles to overcome, CARICOM, which collaborated with Haiti last month to create a framework for the transitional council, stated it will support Haiti as it makes decisions about its future.

Attacks in February by a gang coalition engaged in insurgency rendered Port-au-Prince’s international airport and seaport inoperable, disrupting the city’s essential food and relief supply routes and leading to a flight of foreign nationals fleeing for their lives.

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