Haiti’s new prime minister, Ariel Henry, has promised to prepare for the AFP’s preferential elections on Tuesday, which should take place in a “favorable environment” that seems far-fetched given the current instability. Caribbean country.
“My task is simple. The president has instructed me to create an environment conducive to setting up all-inclusive, all-inclusive elections,” he said in an exclusive telephone interview with AFP yesterday.
Haitian President Joanel Moss on Monday appointed Dr. Ariel Henry as prime minister. The previous head of government did not last three months in this position.
“Today I am engaged in the task of forming my government,” insisted the new prime minister after Claude Joseph, who was appointed by Mosul in mid-April. Henry is Moss’ seventh prime minister in 4 years.
Haiti, the poorest country on the American continent, is plagued by insecurity, particularly rescue kidnappings by gangs serving virtual sentences.
President Moss, who has been accused of being inactive in dealing with the crisis, faces severe distrust from the majority of the public.
In this context, creating fears of generalized anarchy, the UN Security Council, the United States and Europe make it a priority to hold free and open legislative and presidential elections by the end of 2021.
Next to the enemies
Henry, a 71-year-old surgeon and close to political opponents, is finishing his third ministerial experience in government.
He was previously Minister of the Interior from January to September 2015, then Minister of Social Affairs and Labor from September 2015 to March 2016, and was a member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Public Health from June 2006 to September 2008. Chief Employee (2008 – October 2011).
President Moss set himself the objectives of “creating an open government”, “solving the obvious problem of insecurity” and “working to realize general elections and the referendum.”
The constitutional referendum, originally scheduled for June 27, was later postponed in the midst of the crisis, with Mosal promoting it, but it is also widely contested by the opposition and the presidency because the practice is accused of disrespecting the provisions of the current constitution.
The appointment of a new prime minister is the result of talks with other coalition parties and moderate opposition parties to form a consensus government in the last months of his term, which ends on February 7, 2022.
Many opposition parties, mostly on the left, did not join the talks because they did not recognize Moise’s legitimacy, considering his term ended in February 2021.
Election officials have called for presidential and legislative elections next September 26.
The crisis is exacerbated by gangs
At the same time, Haiti is facing a deeper security crisis, particularly exacerbated by regional struggles between armed groups competing to control the poorer areas of Port-au-Prince since early June.
Haiti has been experiencing a strong political crisis since mid-2018, enjoying its most intense moment on February 7, when Moyes denounced the opposition plotting with the support of the judges.