Haiti Transitional Council To Be Sworn In.

Photo by TopSphere Media on Unsplash Children in Haiti.
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Haiti’s transitional council continues to move at a glacial pace, but it is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday in Haiti.

Outgoing Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in a statement Wednesday the ceremony will take place at the prime minister’s office on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince after a last minute change of venue.

It seems unlikely that Henry will be at the ceremony as he has been unable to return to Haiti since an ill-fated journey to Kenya to make arrangements for an invasion force of Kenyan police and soldiers to quell Haiti’s armed gangs which have made the country ungovernable.

Gunfire heard near the National Palace, where the ceremony was due to take place, forced a change of venue to the prime minister’s office, known as Villa d’Accueil.

On Wednesday, police used tear gas to disperse crowds surrounding the streets near palace.

The nine-member council will be tasked with naming a new (acting) prime minister and helping set up a new government ahead of planned elections.

Henry announced his resignation in March amid a wave of attacks by gangs in Haiti’s capital.

The outgoing prime minister had called for international assistance to help deal with gangs that control about 80% of Port-au-Prince and in a deal worked out with CARICOM governments and the Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State of the US, the transitional committee was supposed to come up with Haitian solutions to the nation that occupies the western end of the island of Hispaniola.

The situation in Haiti has been described as “cataclysmic” by the United Nations in a report published last month.

It said there had been more than 1,500 people killed and 800 injured in the first three months of 2024.

Sources: VOA, BBC.

 

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