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In full upheaval, Haiti asks the United States and the UN to send troops to avoid chaos

In a climate of deep tension following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, Haiti asked the United States and the UN to dispatch of troops to protect your ports, airport and other strategic sites.

Two days after Moise was brutally killed in an armed attack on his residence, “we think that the mercenaries (who are accused of the crime) could destroy some infrastructure to create chaos in the country,” he told AFP on Friday. the minister of elections, Mathias Pierre.

“During a conversation with the Secretary of State of the United States and the UN, we made this request,” he added.

The State Department and the Pentagon confirmed that they had received a request for “security and investigation assistance” and they said they were in contact with Port-au-Prince, but did not specify whether troops would be deployed.

A UN diplomatic source also said they received the request, but that a Security Council resolution is needed to send a contingent.

Washington has already said it will send the FBI (federal police) and other agents to Haiti as soon as possible, where the assassination left a power vacuum in the troubled and impoverished Caribbean nation.

Colombians detained

Meanwhile, Haiti tries to determine who ordered the attack allegedly executed by an armed squad of 28 people: 26 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin.

Of these, 15 Colombians and two Americans were arrested, and three other Colombians were killed by police and eight others remain at large, Haitian police said. Other sources spoke of 20 detainees in total, but the data was not officially confirmed.

Senior commanders of the Colombian army and police reported that at least 17 former Colombian military personnel are allegedly involved in the assassination.

After communicating with the Haitian Prime Minister, Claude josephColombian President Iván Duque said that his country will offer “all collaboration”, including an intelligence mission in Haiti, to find “the material and intellectual authors of the assassination.”

For its part, Taiwan said 11 of the suspects had been detained at the Taiwanese embassy compound in Port-au-Prince.

The assassination further destabilizes America’s poorest country, immersed in insecurity, and that now lacks a president and an active Parliament.

Shortly after the attack, the acting Prime Minister Joseph declared a state of siege for fifteen days, granting the Executive greater powers.

New president

Meanwhile, in full shock, the Haitian Senate, with only a third of its members in activity, appointed its boss, Joseph Lambert, as president of Haiti on Friday, in a frontal challenge to the legitimacy of the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph.

The Senate’s decision aggravates the dispute for power in Haiti, given the void opened by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, last Wednesday, and the ambiguities posed by the Constitution in the succession mechanisms.

The resolution appointed Lambert interim president until February 7, the date of the expected end of Moise’s five-year term, and urges him to form “a government of national entente” with the mission to organize elections as soon as possible possible.

Three men vie for power

To deny Joseph’s legitimacy, the Senate relies on the fact that in the last decree he signed before he was assassinated, Jovenel Moise appointed a new prime minister, Dr. Ariel Henry. But he was not formally invested.

Henry himself also claimed the right to lead the government in the first moments after Moise’s death, but did not speak again after the United Nations and Washington expressly recognized Joseph as head of government.

Joseph assumed the reins of the Executive since he himself announced the crime of President Moise in the early hours of Wednesday.

However, the three candidates to lead Haiti on a provisional basis have legitimacy issues derived from the fact that Parliament has been practically inoperative since January 2020 due to the postponement of the 2019 elections.

For this reason, Parliament could not ratify the appointment of any of the prime ministers and now lacks the legal powers to pass resolutions such as the one declaring Joseph Lambert president of Haiti.

Source: AFP and EFE

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