The Transitional Presidential Council (TPC) is responsible for guiding Haiti through the country’s current political transition. Central to this process is the selection of a transitional Prime Minister. Here are the key takeaways from the framework governing the creation, organization, and operation of the TPC, particularly from Articles 6.2, 6.3, and 7 of the charter document.

Qualifying as a candidate

To qualify as a candidate for the position of transitional Prime Minister, an individual must meet several criteria:

Nationality: The candidate must be of Haitian origin and must not have renounced their nationality.

Civil and political rights: The candidate must possess full civil and political rights.

Criminal record: The candidate must have never been sentenced to an afflictive and infamous sentence.

Ownership or professional practice: The candidate must either be an owner (though the type of ownership is not specified) or practice a profession in Haiti.

Residency: The candidate must have resided in Haiti for five consecutive years.

Financial accountability: The candidate must have received a favorable report from the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSCCA) if they were accountable for public funds.

Selecting the Prime Minister

The process for selecting the transitional Prime Minister involves the following steps:

Absolute majority vote: Members with voting rights must choose the head of government by an absolute majority.

Resolving ties: If there is a tie in the voting, a second round of votes must be organized. If the second round also results in a tie, a third round must be held. If a fourth tie occurs, the Prime Minister must be drawn at random from the finalists.

Terminating the transitional Prime Minister

Once the Prime Minister takes office and the Ministerial Cabinet is fully formed, the TPC can only terminate the Prime Minister’s functions under specific conditions.

Resignation: If the Prime Minister presents the resignation of the transitional government.

Criminal activity or corruption: If there is serious suspicion of criminal activity or corruption that is duly noted.

Poor governance: If the Government Administrative Control (OCAG) presents documents proving some sort of deficit has occurred due to poor governance.

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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