A strong Haitian opposition group wanted the United States to stop favouring the government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. The group stated that the government’s legitimacy had been stained due to long-delayed elections and the possible connection between PM Henry and the killing of the Haitian President.
The opposition group has demanded that the US take strict action by Monday. As stated by experts, the government will become unconstitutional by then.
The showdown has made US President Joe Biden’s administration more and more uncomfortable. For now, the US wants to keep the status quo: a ruling party that has been in power for about ten years and has seen the power of gangs and the rise of crime across the nation.
According to a statement released by the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs in January, “When we look back in the history of Haiti, we see a lot of the international community interfering into the Haitian politics and playing the game by choosing winners and losers. It is very common, and we do not want the US government to do the same.”
As with the rise in doubts that the Henry administration will be able to hold elections this year, anti-government protests have already started marking their spread across Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
Local gangs have already started raiding at the road to the airport on Friday, shutting off all the businesses and putting Haiti’s police force on high alert for more violence on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Montana Accord wants to set up a transitional government by choosing leader Fritz Alphonse Jean. This government will help restore security before elections can be held. People in this group say that by continuing to support this government, the United States chooses one way or the other.
There are a lot of threats & people are afraid of being kidnapped and raped every day in Haiti, Jean stated in an interview on Friday. “This is in chaos, and the Henry government cannot do anything about it.”