In Haiti, Ariel Henry has been officially appointed as the countrys new prime minister. He promised when he took office that he will restore order and that he will issue new elections.
Henry replaces the resigned interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who had taken office with the support of police and military after the murder of President Jovenel Moïse. His position was controversial because Moïse had appointed Henry as Prime Minister just before his death. Before that appointment could be formalized, Moïse was murdered.
Henrys appointment ceremony was preceded by a tribute to Moïse, followed by a speech by the new Prime Minister. “We face a complex and tough task,” said Henry, who called for unity. “Im from the school that believes in dialogue.”
Political Crisis Without Precedent
Joseph spoke before Henry spoke and also called for unity. “You inherit a special position: a non-precedent political crisis, growing uncertainty and a gloomy socio-economic situation” In the new government Joseph himself becomes Foreign Minister.
Jovenel Moïse was murdered two weeks ago in his home in the capital Port-au-Prince. His wife was seriously injured in the attack. More than twenty suspects have been arrested before the murder, including eighteen Colombians and three Haitians, who also have American nationality.