Ariel Henry appointed as new Prime Minister of Haiti, appeals for international cooperation in speech
The government of Haiti appointed Ariel Henry as Prime Minister. He was nominated by President Jovenel Mousse as the country's advance prime minister before his assassination. Henry has taken over as prime minister, succeeding the caretaker prime minister, Claude Joseph.
Haiti's government on Tuesday formally appointed Ariel Henry as prime minister. He was nominated by President Jovenel Mousse as the country's advance prime minister before his assassination. Henry has taken over as prime minister, succeeding the caretaker prime minister, Claude Joseph. About two weeks ago, he was shot dead as part of the Mousse conspiracy.
PM's request for international cooperation
Henry took the oath of office during a ceremony in the nation's capital. In the assembly, he began his speech with a minute's silence for the late President. During this, he said that the country is going through a period of violent activities at this time, but he wants to create a favorable environment for elections in the country. So that every person of the country can vote. Elections in Haiti have been scheduled for the month of September. In the meantime, Henry called for unity and stability, as well as international cooperation, continuing since 2010.
Warning about challenges
At the same time, former Prime Minister Joseph said in a statement that Henry's appointment as Prime Minister is to facilitate advance elections, which were last held in 2016. He has also warned about the difficulties that may come in the future. He said that the absence of the President in the country at this time will be seen as a political crisis unprecedented in history. The new Prime Minister has inherited the situation of the ongoing uncertainty and serious economic crisis in the country. In the meantime, both Henry and Joseph stressed that the government needed to work to restore order and security, as well as strengthen an economy ravaged by the crime and coronavirus pandemic.
Investigation continues into Mousse's murder
Significantly, the president's chief of security, some Haitian police officers and Haitian-Americans have been taken into custody over suspicions of involvement in Mousse's murder, who are being interrogated. Mousse's killing shook the country's already fragile political system.