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Haiti's Prime Minister Pledges To Hold Assassins Accountable And Schedule Elections

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Dr. Ariel Henry, a former interior minister and neurosurgeon with a background in public health, has been tapped by Haitian President Jovenel Moise to be his latest prime minister. Moise made the annoucement on July 5, 2021.

PORT-AU-PRINCE

Three weeks after the shocking assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, the man he had tapped just days before his death to lead the government’s day-to-day affairs promised to continue to pursue those responsible for the murder and to work toward “a large political consensus” that would enable the country to carry out free and fair elections.

“We will ensure the continuation of the investigation into the harsh and heinous assassination of the President of the Republic. All sponsors, perpetrators of this murder must be brought to justice. It is a matter of state,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry said Wednesday. “All the people involved in this crime will be tracked down everywhere and brought to justice.”

Before his July 7 killing, Moïse was under pressure to hold long-overdue elections. He had been ruling by decree since January 2020. The first round of balloting for legislative and presidential elections had been targeted for Sept. 26, including a controversial referendum on a new constitution.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.