Dr. Arnousse Beaulière, Economist, Political Analyst, Author
Author of Haiti: Change of Age (L'Harmattan, 2016)
Friday 1 er March 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – While the country
goes through one of the most painful periods in its history, comedy
power is in full swing. A show of very bad taste that no longer
to laugh nobody.
At his “Address to the Nation,” Thursday, February 14, 2019, President Jovenel Moise hinted that the country had already experienced several transitional governments and that this had resulted in a “package of disasters and disasters “. Ironically, it is this same Jovenel Moses, presented very early by the political scientist Frédéric Thomas as a “disaster for Haiti” (1), which was placed in power after a more than doubtful election organized and financed by a transitional government.
Which, led by the couple Privert / Jean-Charles, had validated this electoral masquerade orchestrated by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) roup of Leopold Berlanger and the International. This despite massive fraud and irregularities highlighted by the Independent Commission for Evaluation and Electoral Verification (CIEVE) chaired by François Benoît. Two years later, the extent of the disaster announced is well measured.
In his speech, Jovenel Moïse, totally overwhelmed by the events, went to war against his political opponents, not hesitating to equate them with armed gangs and drug traffickers. By throwing oil on the fire, he indisputably committed a major political error. Indeed, in these explosive times, with repeated manifestations repressed in the blood, we do not expect the head of state a bellicose speech but rather words of appeasement.
How can he strive to blow on the embers to this extent and dare to call, at the same time, his opponents to the dialogue? His famous “Commission for Facilitation of the Inter-Haitian National Dialogue” looks like a new ploy to regain control by pushing Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant out on the one hand and its protectors of Core Group on a possible way out of crisis, on the other hand. In short, smoke on all floors by a fireman-arsonist!
As for the Premier
minister, tackled an umpteenth time by the president during his speech, he left
silence, showing perfect control of his communication.
No doubt he was better advised than his “chief”. Instead of
bang on the opposition members – from which he came from elsewhere – in
experienced politician, while inviting a frank and sincere dialogue
in a fairly moderate style, he tried to sketch some possible solutions for
this protean crisis that has hit the country for ages. The problem,
because he knows full well that they will come to nothing in the
current context !
In truth, the objective
of these two actors was in no way to provide relevant solutions and
perennial to the deep socio-economic problems that plague the lives of Haitians.
It was mainly for them to embark on a real battle of
political communication, that is to say in a “staging of the
under the gaze of the media “(2), for the conservation of
Indeed, it is a
secret polichinelle, the two men are far from spinning the perfect love, this
that the Prime Minister has also acknowledged to the press by admitting that he
there was a malaise between the Primature and the Presidency. A discomfort that is explained
largely because they do not have the same political agenda at all. The
antagonisms, spread out publicly, are a perfect illustration of this. They are
such as the two protagonists can no longer agree on the way to
follow to get the country out of the rut. Hence their notorious impotence to
to take up the socio-political and economic challenge.
In such a context,
they have no choice but to put an end to this poor political comedy in
resigning to allow the living forces of the nation, both indoors
than outside, to find a modus
operandi with a view to lasting recovery of the country.
- Frédéric THOMAS, “The election of Jovenel Moise, a disaster for Haiti”, Liberation November 29, 2016.
- Philippe RIUTORT, Sociology of Political Communication Paris, The Discovery, coll. “Landmarks”, 2007, p. 12.