Haiti – Politic : Death of former Senator Serge Gilles
Pradel Henriquez, the Minister of Culture salutes the departure of Serge Gilles (85), politician, former Senator and former presidential candidate, who died on the evening of February 1st, 2021, at the Canapé-Vert hospital (Port -au-Prince).
“Minister Henriquez, while offering his condolences to his family, to his relatives, to his combat comrades, to his party, pays tribute to the man of conviction that was Serge Gilles.
Have a nice trip Serge
And sympathies from the Ministry of Culture to the entire political class.”
Find out more about Serge Gilles :
Born in Maïssade, in the Central Plateau, on January 5, 1936, Serge Gilles, brilliant intellectual, had a license from the Sorbonne in psychology, a diploma in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a diploma in Physical Education the National School of Physical Education (ENSEP).
Engaged very early in a fight against the Duvaliers, he experienced a 25-year exile. Upon his return to Haiti in 1986, he founded the Social Democratic Party, Haitian Revolutionary Progressive Nationalist Party (PANPRA) before being arrested and tortured under military rule.
In 1990, he was elected Senator following the alliance of his Party with the Movement for the Establishment of Democracy (MIDH).
In 2005, PANPRA joined with other left-wing parties to form the Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats. Under the banner of the Fusion, he will run for the presidential elections of 2005-2006, which will preferably consecrate the victory of René Préval.
Alongside Chavanne Jean Baptiste of the Mouvement des Paysans de Papaye (MPP), Brother Francklin Armand of the Congregation of the Little Brothers and the Little Sisters of the Incarnation, Serge Gilles was considered for a long time as the reference for the entire Central Plateau.
Messages of sympathy :
President Jovenel Moïse :
“Haiti has lost a great political figure who dedicated his life to the cause of democracy. Serge Gilles was a unifier, a man of great generosity. May we continue to be inspired by his wisdom, his commitment, to make our Nation better and more just.”
Prime Minister Jouthe :
“It was with great emotion that I learned of the death of Serge Gilles : one of the great political figures of the left and of socialism in Haiti. Another huge loss for the country ! My heartfelt condolences to his family and to the members of the Fusion of Social Democrats.”
Joseph Lambert, President of the Senate :
“The death of Serge Gilles plunges me into great sadness. The Haitian political class has lost a patriarch who has marked his time. To the grieving widow, her daughters, the President and the members of the Fusion, I send my very sincere and friendly condolences.
Mathias Pierre, Minister Delegate in charge of electoral matters and relations with political parties :
“All my condolences to Betty Sorel Gilles, to the entire Gilles family and the great FUSION! Serges was very wise, an open man, always promoting a necessary Governance Pact for Haiti. I remember our weekly meetings.”
Charlot Jacquelin Jr., Secretary of State for Youth :
“The teacher. Serge Gilles was a remarkable man. I remember our various discussions around a cup of coffee, in the living room, on Gilles’ gallery. Very affable, he had the art and manner of saying things with incredible depth. Good start ! “
James Jacques, Consul General in Santiago (RD) :
“It is with regret and great sadness that I welcome the news of the departure of a friend, an advisor, a mentor, Serge Gilles. A being who had exceptional human, interpersonal and professional qualities. I extend my sympathies to his family, friends and all other people who had the chance to meet him and for whom he had become dear.”