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Two weeks after the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, the country has a new prime minister. Dr. Ariel Henry, who was designated prime minister by Moïse before he was slain but never sworn in, will replace the country’s interim prime minister.
According to the Associated Press, designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry was sworn in to replace interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who assumed leadership of Haiti with the backing of police and the military after the July 7 attack at Moïse’s private home.
The prominent neurosurgeon backed by the U.S., was inaugurated to lead the Caribbean nation through the formation of a new government, and mounting civil unrest. Dr. Henry stated that his main goal is to hold elections within 120 days.
Dr. Henry stated he plans to work with other politicians to ensure that those campaigning will be able to do so peacefully. Dr. Henry and his ministers will not run for president in the upcoming elections, during which Haitians will also elect new members of Congress. Observers report that Haiti has been troubled with brutal fighting between gangs, a lack of parliamentary rule, and a dysfunctional Supreme Court due to Mr. Moïse’s death.
The ceremony on Tuesday took place as official memorial services began for the President. Moise’s wife Marine Moise, who was also shot, returned to Haiti over the weekend after being treated at a Miami hospital.
President Moïse was killed July 7 in the middle of the night at his private residence in Port-au-Prince by a group of more than 20 mostly Colombian mercenaries.
Moïse’s security chief, Haitian police officers and at least two Haitian-Americans have been taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in the conspiracy to murder the president.