Haiti: Current Prime Minister of Caribbean country Haiti Ariel Henry noted on Wednesday that his government plans to create situations for the Caribbean nation to hold elections as quickly as possible following the assassination of Jovenel Moise earlier this month.
Haiti has gone deeper into turmoil by the killing of Moise, which the government blamed on a group of primarily Colombian mercenaries.
Also, the Island country is suffering from political paralysis, economic malaise and gang-fueled violence.
In addition, Western powers have encouraged Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the Americas, to elect new leadership as early as possible to provide democratic legitimacy to the government.
Presidential & parliamentary elections had been due to take place in September.
Henry said, “The mission of this government is to prepare the conditions to hold the elections as quickly as possible.”
Henry said he would be working to rebuild confidence in the government, and that there would be dialogue with the civil society also political leaders to reach a consensus on how to move forward.
The discussions would attempt to eliminate “all irritants” that could get in the process of holding elections, he said, without elaborating. Nor did he give an aim date for the elections.
One potential stumbling block for elections is Moise’s initial plan to concurrently hold a referendum on amending the constitution to strengthen the presidency at the expense of parliament.
Moreover, Henry did not mention the constitutional reform on Wednesday.
Henry, a 71-year-old neurosurgeon, was hit by Moise to be the new prime minister just days before the president was killed.
Haiti is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still healing from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact.