Power struggle for rival Haiti leaders after the assassination of the president

Port-au-Prince — In Haiti, a man appointed as prime minister shortly before the assassination of Haiti this week said he should lead the Caribbean countries, not acting prime minister, and is forming a government to that effect. There is a power struggle.

Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon appointed Prime Minister by President Moyes on Monday, two days before Moyes was killed by a squad of shooters at his home in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is now the highest authority in Haiti. Said. , Not the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

“After the assassination of the president, there was a decree to nominate me, so I became the best, legal, and ordinary authority,” Henry told Reuters in a telephone interview late Friday.

Henry had not vowed to replace Joseph at the time of the assassination, creating confusion over who was Haiti’s 11 million legitimate leaders who shared Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

Joseph, who was appointed interim prime minister in April after Joseph Juice’s resignation, has so far seized power, led the government’s response to the assassination, called on the United States to help, and declared a state of emergency for 15 days. Announced. emergency.

A crowd surrounding the Petion-Ville police station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 8, 2021, detaining armed men accused of being involved in the assassination of President Jobnermoise.

Election Minister Matthias Pierre said Joseph would retain his role until the presidential and legislative elections on September 26.

Henry said the new government he formed would instead set up a new election council, and the council would set a new date for the election because the previous government was considered too partisan.

“I don’t know how many days they will be. All I know is that it won’t take long to hold these elections. We need to do them as soon as possible.” Henry said.

Haiti’s senator now consists of only one-third of the usual 30 senators, and on Friday nominated its head, Joseph Lambert, as interim president, a document reviewed by Reuters said.

When asked if he was willing to rule with Lambert, Henry said, “I’m ready to lead the country with everyone who wants to move forward.”

Haiti’s 1987 Constitution stipulates that the head of the Supreme Court should take over as interim president. However, the unanimously unanimous amendment states that it is the prime minister, or that Congress needs to elect the president in the last year of the president’s mission, as in the case of Moise.

Further complicating the situation is the death of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court last month after being infected with COVID-19 in one of the few countries that has not yet launched a vaccination campaign. is.

Haiti’s President Jobnermoise (C) is in the middle of a ceremony to commemorate the 215th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture at the National Pantheon Museum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 7, 2018. Leave the museum. (DieuNalio Chery / File / AP photo)

There is no parliament as the legislative election scheduled for late 2019 has been postponed due to political unrest.

Colombian connection

Haitian officials said Moise was killed by a group of trained foreign assassins consisting of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

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The alleged assassination of President Jovenel Moise in Haiti was introduced to the media by Haiti authorities on July 8, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

According to Haitian police, 17 of the men were captured after a gun battle with Haitian authorities in the suburbs of Petion-Ville on the hillside of Port-au-Prince, but three were killed and eight were still large. Momentum.

General Jorge Luis Vargas, head of Colombian national police, said on Twitter that Colombian investigators flew to Port-au-Prince on Friday evening to help Haitian authorities investigate the assassination.

“Travel is the Director of National Intelligence and, on behalf of the police, the chief executives of Directors of National Intelligence Norbert Mujica and Interpol Colombia,” Vargas tweeted.

The United States currently has no plans to provide military aid to Haiti, according to senior Washington officials, after Port-au-Prince requested US troops on Friday.

Andre Paultre and Sara Marsh

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