a prominent neurosurgeon backed by the U.S., became Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday, as it began official ceremonies to mourn assassinated President
and police widened the list of suspects in his killing.
Dr. Henry was inaugurated to lead this embattled Caribbean nation, as it struggles to form a new government and tame mounting civil unrest. His most important objective is to organize elections that would take place in 120 days.
Haiti has been steeped in brutal fighting between ganglords that is crippling the economy, with a parliament that has been dissolved and where rights groups say the electoral council was illegitimately appointed by the slain president.
“The country is going through a very difficult situation,” Mr. Henry said in an inaugural address. “All Haitian have to unite to fix the crisis. I’m not a magician.”
The 71-year-old promised to seek consensus with political players, which he said will be vital to restore investor confidence, security and better combat Covid-19. Lagging much of the region, Haiti started administering vaccines in recent days after receiving its first allotment, a 500,000-dose donation from the U.S., last week.
For the moment, the inauguration is likely to ease a succession battle that had emerged in the aftermath of Mr. Moïse’s death. He had been ruling by decree for more than two years, angering many in Haiti’s political and business establishment.
Unresolved is an international mystery over who was responsible for Mr. Moïse’s grisly killing in the early hours of July 7 in the bedroom of his private mansion.
Police on Tuesday identified three police officers and a private security contractor that they have arrested on allegations of having ties to the assassination plot. Haiti’s National Police says it has arrested 26 people, including local politicians, three Haitian-Americans and 18 Colombian mercenaries whom authorities say carried out the raid on Mr. Moïse’s house.
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