By Jean H Charles
A transitional government is in formation in Haiti following the departure of President Michel Martelly from power on February 7, 2016, before a new president could be installed. The elections of October 24 were marred with irregularities and alleged fraud and as such the final result has not been declared.
A last minute agreement between the former president, the Parliament and the prime minister under the good auspices of the OAS chaired by Ambassador Ronald Sanders was found to avert the fatal day of February 7 without a president. The presidency has been conferred on Parliament with a proviso to nominate a transitional government.
Under a tight bargaining process, Mr Jocelerme Privert has been nominated by his peers as the president of Haiti. A new prime minister is the next step in the bargaining to institute a new government in Haiti. Eleven candidates are vying for the position. The finalists will be chosen by the president and shared with the Parliament for confirmation.
Why Jacques Sampeur is the ideal candidate for prime minister. A former presidential candidate who is the chair of the Group of 30 an assemblage of 30 presidential candidates who have agreed to join their personal and their collective leadership to forge the nation of Haiti into an entity that is hospitable to all, he has the confidence of the group and of the people of Haiti.
He is the former president of ANMH, the association of media owners; he is the managing director the radio and television station, Antilles International. He is known as a moderate who promotes tolerance, collegiality and hospitality amongst all Haitian people. Haiti at this juncture needs a leader who can transcend hatred, vengeance to bring all parties together.
Amongst all the candidates vying to become prime minister, Jacques Sampeur is the best unifier and the one who can bring stability in that turbulent period of post election and doubt about the future.
He speaks with confidence to the business people and with assurance with those who have been left behind. He is the one who opened for the first time the power of the antenna of his radio to the voiceless in the programming hour: libre tribune / open podium.
Ambassador Sanders can attest to his eloquence and his leadership. He shared with the team of the OAS, the anguish and the desiderata of the Haitian people as well as the determination of the people to remain a nation free of undue and malevolent interference.
Haiti, after 60 years of downward spiral of descent into a failed state status (30 years of dictatorship and 30 years of faux democracy), is ripe to enter into an orbit of development, if only it has the right leadership to steer the wheel towards good governance. Otherwise it will continue for another spiral into the orbit of failed state for another 30 years, perpetuating for almost a century the regional insecurity of Haitian migrants looking for a better sky.
Let us all work together to bring back Haiti into the pearl of the Antilles that she was!
The voting process will take place this week; time is of the essence. With Jacques as the prime minister of Haiti, and Jocelerme Privert as president, the international community in general, the Caribbean in general will have a friend at the seat of power.
Haiti as the pendant of the chain of the Antilles needs to play its role of leadership by holding the hands of a new Cuba on one side and emerging Dominican Republic on the other side to lead the engine of growth and prosperity in the Caribbean. Any stone you can add in the building of that railroad that would bring peace and prosperity all the way to the end of the chain in Guyana would be worthwhile.