Fritz Alphonse Jean was elected president of a possible interim government, accompanied by former MP Steven Benoit as prime minister, in a vote by political organizations and civil society signatories to the Montana Accords signed last year.
“Fritz Alphonse Jean elected by 25 votes to 15 for Edgard Leblanc Fils,” the organizers said.
“Let’s come together, long live Haiti,” applauded former Haitian Prime Minister and new interim government president Fritz Alphonse Jean.
“This morning I called former Senator Jean Edgard Leblanc to speak to him. We said we’ll meet tomorrow to sit down. Just as we do with other colleagues, other friends from civil society and other people in the political arena, parties that don’t necessarily do this are signatories to the Montana Accord,” Jean said.
Signatories to the civil society agreement have expressed their intention to install the new government on February 7, despite the refusal of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, for whom there is no legal way to install a legitimate president without holding elections.
The Montana Accords position further emphasizes the deep political crisis the country is going through, while Henry has recently received support from the international community, particularly the governments of Canada, the United States and France.
Henry’s intention is to remain in office until new elections, rejecting calls from some political platforms for his resignation on February 7 and for an interim government to form.
Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, the always turbulent political and economic situation in Haiti has hit even harder. The power vacuum soon degenerated into a security crisis, with daily killings and kidnappings, especially in large parts of the capital.