|Tensions rise following Conille’s resignation|
|Written by Dr. Garth A. Rose|
|Thursday, 01 March 2012 12:34|
UPDATE: Preident Michel Martelly had reportedly chosen Laurent Lamothe to replace Garry Conille as Prime Minister. Currently a closer advisor to the president, he previously lived in Miami, and is also an alum of Barry University and St. Thomas University. Lamothe is 39.
Haitians in Port-au-Prince describe an "air of political tension" in the wake of Prime Minister Garry Conille's resignation last week. Reactions to Conille's resignation have become deeply divided among the public.
If Conille had not resigned "he surely would have been fired by Martelly," argues a Haitian bank-officer in Port-au-Prince, as Conille was "really opposing Martelly, the man who placed him in this high position, too openly." The bank official believes Haiti needs "total, full cooperation between all members of government. This wasn't happening with Conille, so I'm not unhappy Conille resigned. However, the real problem is now for Martelly to get someone who supports him to be approved quickly by the Senate."
Another Port-au-Prince resident, 'Beau,' believes Conille was forced out as "neither Martelly nor the government ministers agreed with him." Beau also fears that "bad things could happen" as both former presidents Bertrand Aristide and Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier "have supporters all over the country." Beau isn't sure Martelly can handle "the pressure" and said some Haitians have no opposition to the international community intervening in Haiti to "create a stable administration, or else there could be a serious crisis."
Just this past Wednesday, according to reports thousands of Aristide's supporters gathered in protest on the anniversary of Aristide's ousting to demand more action from Presdient Martelly.
Reports suggest that Conille, who served for only four months, resigned due to his feud with Martelly over his investigation into the dual nationalities of government members, including Martelly. Conille also called for a controversial audit of $300 million awarded in post-earthquake reconstruction contracts.
Meanwhile, pressure builds for the administration to find a replacement, as a successor is much needed to negotiate with the international community to secure the remaining millions of dollars pledged for Haiti's post-earthquake development.
Potential candidates touted for the position include foreign minister Laurent Lamothe, former interim director of the Haitian Redevelopment Commission Ann-Valerie Milfort, and Health Minister Florence Guillaume.
Members of the international community, including U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, attempted to broker a truce just this past February. Conille however, a former UN diplomat, enjoyed the favor of the international community. One Canadian diplomat said Conille inspired "a great deal of hope."
Conille was Martelly's third nomination for prime minister after the Haitian senate rejected his first two nominees.
"One would assume that with the difficulty that Martelly had in getting a prime minister appointed he would have tried diligently to have a positive working relationship with Conille," said one Haitian-American FIU political-science student.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:35|