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Haiti: Gangs, U.S. policy change put Henry on the rack

Port-au-Prince, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Gangs staked out in two airports and a visible change in the US policy are presently having Prime Minister Ariel Henry on the rack.

Local media echoed a message sent by the US State Department (DOS) asking Henry to accept a new transitional government.

A National Security Council official assured that the White House was “providing no assistance to help prime minister return to Haiti.”

“Our support is being focused on further assisting the Haitian National Police in restoring security, accelerating deployment of the Security Maintenance mission, and expediting a peaceful transition of power through free and fair elections.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greefield confirmed to CNN that the U.S. is currently asking Ariel Henry to urgently move forward with a political process so as to set up a transitional presidential council leading to the holding of elections.

Eric Stromayer, U.S. chargé d’affaires in Haiti, expressed just a few weeks ago that his government remained unwavering in its support for Henry.

Stromayer invited the political actors to meet with Henry, repeating that “Ariel Henry will leave after elections”, the only possible way to put an end to this transition.

An agreement -signed on December 21, 2022 -underlined that Henry would remain in office for 14 months, which he would hand over on February 7.

He should form a new government, establish a Provisional Electoral Council and assume the organization of next elections.

Days earlier, it was announced that general elections could be held in August 2025, news that was not to the liking of his opponents.