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Haiti’s Gang Turmoil Deepens as Prime Minister Ariel Henry Resigns

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Escalating Turmoil in Haiti as Criminal Gangs Tighten Grip on Port-au-Prince; Prime Minister Resigns

Haiti is grappling with increasing turmoil as criminal gangs extend their control over up to 90% of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Against this backdrop of chaos, Prime Minister Ariel Henry has stepped down, marking a significant development in the nation’s tumultuous political landscape.

The resignation comes in the wake of a summit convened in Jamaica, attended by representatives from Caribbean nations, the United Nations, France, and the United States, aimed at addressing Haiti’s pressing issues. However, Henry found himself stranded in Puerto Rico, unable to return to Port-au-Prince due to ongoing unrest, engaging with Caricom members remotely.

Political instability has plagued Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, with no subsequent elections held since 2016. Henry, appointed by Moïse, was expected to relinquish his position in early February, exacerbating the leadership vacuum.

Despite diplomatic efforts, including Henry’s agreement in Nairobi to deploy Kenyan police officers to Haiti, the situation remains precarious. Discussions in Kingston sought to formalize a proposal urging Henry to transfer power to a transitional council representing Haitian civil society.

In a statement preceding his resignation, Henry reiterated the government’s commitment to establishing a transitional presidential council, outlining plans for members to be chosen in consultation with various sectors of national life.