Haiti’s Port-au-Prince — Haiti’s political future on Sunday became darker after the sudden return of First Lady Martine Moise, who was released from a hospital in Miami where the president was treated for injuries after being assassinated. It was.
Martine Moise mourns President Jovenel Moise, who was killed on July 7, and does not issue a public statement after disembarking a private jet wearing a black dress, black bulletproof vest, black mask, and black sling. It was. Their private home.
Like many experts in the country with over 11 million people, some experts were surprised at how quickly she reappeared in Haiti and wondered if she would be involved in the country’s politics. I was there.
“The fact that she’s back may suggest that she’s going to play some role,” said Laurent Dubois, a Haiti expert and professor at Duke University. .. “She may intervene in some way.”
Martine Moise is only hours after a prominent group of international diplomats issued a statement that appeared to be avoiding interim Prime Minister Claude-Joseph, who now operates the country with police and military support. Arrived later.
Joseph’s name was not mentioned in a statement by a core group consisting of ambassadors to Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union, and representatives of the United Nations and the Americas Organization (OAS). ).
The group called for the creation of a “comprehensive government based on consensus,” and “for this purpose, the designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry continues the mission delegated to him to form such a government. I strongly encourage you to do so. “
Henry was appointed prime minister the day before Jovenel Moise was killed. He did not respond to requests for comment.
The United Nations, OAS, and the US State Department did not provide any further explanation when contacted.
Given the current state of Haiti’s politics, Dubois said he believed that the arrival of Martine Moise could have an impact.
“She is clearly in a position to play a role … given how wide the open is,” he said, adding that the core group statement is impressive because it doesn’t mention Joseph. “You have to wonder if the progress of your research has anything to do with this. They are all these ever-changing pieces of the puzzle. For now, understand how to combine them. Seems to be very difficult. “
Haiti and Colombian officials say at least 18 suspects directly involved in the killing have been arrested, the majority of whom are former Colombian soldiers. At least three suspects have been killed and police say they are looking for many other suspects. Colombian officials say the majority of former soldiers were fooled and unaware of the assassination plan.
The day after the killing, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Joseph was in his current position and was acting prime minister before the assassination.
On July 11, delegations from various U.S. agencies visited Haiti to identify important infrastructure, discuss with the Haitian National Police, and hold a joint meeting with Joseph, Henry, and Haiti Senator Joseph Lambert. ..
Due to the growing political turmoil, dozens of Haitians have recently visited the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince seeking visas and political asylum.
“We can’t stay in this country anymore,” said 19-year-old Jim Kenneth, who wants to study medicine in the United States. “We are very anxious.”