Haiti: Ariel Henry sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the Caribbean island Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Henry is a prominent neurosurgeon and public health expert, has replaced interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
While talking to a local media house hours after taking his post, the new Prime Minister of Haiti stated, “The primary purpose is elections, those should take place within a time period of 120 days handled by an electoral council that needs to be re-formed.
“This council cannot organize elections as the people don’t trust them. The political parties don’t trust them. It’s obvious,” the new Prime Minister added.
During the inauguration ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Henry asserted that he would continue to track the people responsible for the murder of President Jovenel Moise. He has also asked the citizens of the island to have patience and assured them to conduct elections early by this year only.
On the assassination of the President and seeing the ongoing situation in Haiti, PM Henry stated, “We should never go through another tragedy like this.” Henry was earlier appointed by the late President Jovenel Moise to be the next Prime Minister of Haiti island.
On this Saturday, the Core Group of nations has urged the new Prime Minister to form a new government and lead the nation through general elections. The Core Group of nations is an influential bloc, including Ambassadors representing the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
The general elections on the Caribbean island have been postponed twice this year and are currently scheduled for September 26, 2021. Shortly after, former PM Claude Joseph announced that he would step down from his post.
An independent political analyst from Haiti – Boaz Anglade, on the inauguration of Henry as the new Prime Minister, asserted, “Henry’s rise might be politically necessary but is legally dubious due to the lack of a functioning national assembly or high court.”
The Caribbean island is already facing many issues despite the political chaos, including gang violence, murders, poverty etc. Recently, the island received their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines from the US government.