The situation in Haiti is complicated by the opposition’s rejection of the new prime minister

Henry was installed as head of a new Executive in an attempt to stabilize Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise at his residence in the early hours of July 7.

“Any government installed without a sufficiently broad consensus is illegitimate and will only aggravate the situation,” warned Andre Michel, spokesman for the opposition Democratic and Popular Sector, referring to the new administration that will comprise 18 officials, five of them women.

Michel added that his party is working with various groups to “achieve a lasting Haitian solution as soon as possible to avoid chaos,” the AFP news agency reported.

The swearing in of Henry, who was appointed to the position by Moise days before his death, was seen as a key step toward holding elections, something demanded by both Haitians and the international community.

In addition to running the government, the 71-year-old neurosurgeon will serve as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor.

But opponent Edmonde Supplice Beauzile said the new government “does not inspire confidence to promote a climate of calm for the organization of general elections.”

“We demand a political agreement to decide together a road map and a consensus government,” stressed the former senator and head of the party Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats.

Former Senator Youri Latortue also said that Henry’s government followed the same line as Moise’s PHTK party.

After Moise was assassinated by an armed commando, Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a “state of siege” and proclaimed himself in charge of the government, sparking a power struggle with Henry.

Joseph eventually agreed to relinquish the position to the current prime minister and resumed his post as foreign minister.


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