Haiti’s Puppet Masters By Another Name


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With the recent reactivation of a Council for Economic and Social Development (CESD or CDES), Haiti establishes a permanent dictatorship — with elections.

Back in 2005, when the CESD — an unelected government branch made up of the elite and their friends — was initially formed by decree, Haiti was a full dictatorship of an unbriddled “interim government.” Only one year had elapsed since the anti-Aristide coup, and the UN occupation forces (MINUSTAH) were still hunting, killing, and driving into exile thousands of Lavalas partisans.

The subsequent elected administration dropped the CESD, but this project was revived soon after the January 2010 earthquake as the Interim Commission for Haiti Reconstruction (CIRH, or ICHR). Haiti’s Parliament did not renew the CIRH after its initial 18 months, by which time its name had become a source of derision for its failure to reconstruct much of anything. In any case, the CIRH was too closely associated with Bill Clinton to be labeled a Haitian project like the revived CESD.

It is noteworthy that, although between 2005 and 2012 nearly all the puppet masters’ (principally the U.S., Canada and France) own governing parties have changed, their ideal of neo-democracy persists.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

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Laurent Lamothe officially launches the CESD seven years after its creation by decree

By Staff
Radio Metropole

Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe officially proceeded, on Monday July 9 at the Karibe Convention Center, to launch the Council for Economic and Social Development (CESD or CDES).

Jerry Tardieu, President of the  Council for Economic and Social Development, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Louis Naud Pierre, General Coordinator of the CESD (Credit: Le Nouvelliste).

Louis-Nau Pierre and Jerry Tardieu are respectively the President and General Coordinator of that body, for which the primary mission is to evaluate and propose reforms of public policy in areas affecting the economic and the social.

In his speech for the occasion, the Prime Minister reiterated the willingness of those in power to implement all sovereign institutions.

In addition, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe noted that the launch of the CESD fulfills a promise made to Haiti’s legislators in his Declaration of General Policy statement.

“The Haitian CESD represents a space for dialogue between the socioeconomic forces and the Haitian government,”

said the head of government while bemoaning the fact that the involvement of the citizenry has not been valued in Haiti.

The Council for Economic and Social Development was created by decree on May 17, 2005 under the interim government, said the council’s president, Jerry Tardieu, who also pointed out that one of the main tasks of the CESD will be to draft a national development plan.

Note that the Council for Economic and Social Development will be headed a committee of nine members including a chair, three vice-presidents, a secretary and four members.

Sources: Radio Metropole (French) | Haiti Chery (English)

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