Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry Set To Resign

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Following weeks of soaring anti-government violence led by an alliance of gangs, acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, announced earlier this week that he’ll be resigning his position and will cede power to a presidential council

In a video sent to official government channels, Henry said:

“The government that I am leading cannot remain indifferent to this situation. There is no sacrifice too big for our country,” He said, “My government will leave immediately after the installation of this council.”

The current chair of regional governing block Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, Irfaan Ali, who spoke at a press conference in Kingston, Jamaica announced the resignation earlier.

The Chairman, who is also the President of Guyana said: “we acknowledge the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry upon the establishment of a transitional presidential council, and the naming of an interim prime minister. I want to pause and thank Prime Minister Henry for his service to Haiti.”

The announcement of the Prime Minister’s resignation came as gangs launched an armed rebellion in Port-au-Prince this month, and attacked several government targets over the last two weeks. The gang leadership had called for Henry’s resignation, leading to rampant speculation on how he would respond.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S. “welcomes” the outcome of the meeting that created a transitional Presidential Council for Haiti, and commended him for “putting his country and Haitians first: agreeing to step down once this council is established.

“We know there’s a lot of work ahead, but these are positive steps to pave the way for the Haitian people, to elect their leaders, stabilise their country, and determine their future,” Sullivan said.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Matt Miller responded to Haiti’s gang leaders’ rejecting the plan orchestrated by American and Caribbean officials to carry out a transfer of power, saying that their opposition “just reinforced the urgency” to deploy a multinational security mission “to establish law and order on the ground, which of course the gang members fear and oppose.”

A senior U.S. State Department official confirmed that Henry first made the decision to step down last week but waited until early this week to communicate that with his ministers.

Observers from nations around the world however are saying the unfolding events have the US fingerprints all over. Considering the nation’s history of intervening in other nations’ politics, and even installing its candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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