Dominique Dupuy, Ambassador of Haiti to UNESCO, leaves the Transitional Presidential Council on March 24. Photo credit: Personal profile on X– formerly Twitter.

Overview:

Dominique Dupuy, representing the Compromis Historique/RED/EDE coalition, steps down from the presidential council due to safety concerns and threats to her reputation amid political attacks. This move adds to the complications surrounding the TPC's functionality. The council's installation has been postponed due to lingering disagreements among members, despite two days of intensive discussions.

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Dominique Dupuy, Haiti's Ambassador to UNESCO, announced her withdrawal from the Transitional Presidential Council (TPC) on Sunday, sending shockwaves through the political landscape. Her decision follows a series of political attacks, sexist comments, and even threats to her life, further complicating the TPC's stalled installation.

In a heartfelt video statement released on March 24, the 34-year-old Dupuy highlighted the challenges posed by political adversaries and expressed concern over unfounded assaults on her character and safety.

Addressing the controversy surrounding her age, she said that the provisions in the amended 1987 constitution setting the age limit for presidential candidacy at 35 should not hinder progress in the country's transition process, emphasizing the long-awaited expectations of the Haitian people.

 “The Haitian people have been waiting for results for far too long,” insists the ambassador who promises to continue representing the country well at UNESCO. She also vows her continued commitment to defend the Haitian people.

“Despite stepping down from the presidential council, I pledge to continue representing Haiti admirably at UNESCO and vow my ongoing commitment to defend the Haitian people,” assured Dupuy.

Dupuy's departure left a void in the TPC, prompting the Compromis Historique/RED/EDE political coalition to seek a replacement swiftly. Ghislaine Mompremier, former Minister for Women's Affairs, was initially chosen, but after Dupuy's compelling speech at UNESCO's 269th executive meeting, the coalition handpicked her as Mompremier's replacement.

Social media reports suggest that the coalition has selected Smith Augustin, Haiti's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic (2020-2022), as Dupuy's replacement. This would mark the coalition's third attempt to fill its spot in the presidential council within a few days.

TPC at a standstill amidst unresolved issues

The TPC faces internal discord, particularly regarding its operational framework. Discussions among the seven voting members and two observers revolve around key issues such as the selection of its leader, the appointment of the prime minister, and the allocation of voting rights.

The voting rights issue has become a sticking point, with observer René Jean-Jumeau, one of the two designated observers, advocating for the ability to vote. He has underscored the need for proactive involvement.

“I cannot, in good conscience, accept a role as an observer without the ability to act,” said Jean-Jumeau, on local radio and X-Formley Twitter.

The unresolved tensions within the TPC, coupled with Haiti's escalating security challenges and humanitarian concerns, underscore the urgent need for consensus and concerted action to address the pressing issues facing the nation.

I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.

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