Haiti is facing new instability as the PM comes under scrutiny

Haiti's government is in decline as Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the president's killer, faces increased scrutiny. Henry fired the justice minister on Wednesday night, hours after another high-ranking official quit and accused Henry of obstruction of justice in a bluntly written letter.

Haiti is facing new instability as the PM comes under scrutiny

Henry dismissed Justice Minister Rockfeller Vincent one day after firing Port-au-Prince’s chief prosecutor. He had previously linked the prime minister with a key suspect in President Jovenel's murder.

Renald Luberice served for more than four years as the secretary general of Haiti's Council of Ministers. He said that he couldn't remain under the supervision of anyone who was under suspicion, and who "doesn’t intend to cooperate with justice seeking, on the contrary to the contrary, to obstruct it."

Luberice said that he was also concerned by the alleged evidence against Henry for the murder.

He said, "May every minister place himself at the peak of his mission at these historic crossroads."

Henry's spokesperson declined to comment. Vincent said that Moise's confidence allowed him to serve in a dignified, competent, loyal, and public service manner.

Vincent said that Haiti has an obligation to bring the responsible to justice. I trust the country's independence to bring light to this case and all other pending cases.

Henry appointed Liszt.Quitel as the justice minister and Josue. Pierre Louis as the secretary general of the council. Henry had previously appointed Quitel as the interior minister. He was also an advisor to Rene Preval, then President of Haiti.

These appointments are less than a week since Henry was asked by Bed-Ford Claude, the Port-au-Prince chief procuror, to meet him Tuesday to discuss why he had two conversations via phone with a key suspect within hours of Moise's July 7th killing at his home. According to police, Joseph Badio (the suspect) was fired in May from the anti-corruption unit of the government and is still wanted on murder charges.

Tuesday saw Claude order the judge in charge of the case to investigate and prosecute the prime minister based upon that evidence. Henry ordered that Claude be replaced by a chief prosecutor. He accused Claude, among other things, of an undefined and "serious administrative error."

Vincent directed that the Chief of Haiti's National Police raise security for the prosecutor the day before Claude was fired. He claimed that he had been subject to "important and troubling threats" in recent times.

Robert Fatton, an expert in Haitian politics at the University of Virginia, stated that these developments are evidence Moise's Tet Kale Party is breaking down.

As the country prepares to hold its next presidential and legislative elections, some politicians are joining Henry. Others are breaking off.

Joseph Lambert, the Senate President and a Moise ally, is one of those who are breaking away. He recently declared himself provisional president after receiving support from several politicians. Henry's administration has not recognized Lambert or any other member of the international community.

Fatton stated, "I don’t know how long this power struggle can go on." It's all bewildering. We will have to wait and see if the situation changes or if Ariel Henry wins this battle.

Henry, whom Moise had named as his prime minister shortly before his death, has not spoken out publicly about the issue this week. He said only that he is focused solely on Haitian stability and will not be distracted or distracted by threats, maneuvers, summons, or maneuvers.

Henry was recently called to resign by Haiti's Office of Citizen Protection, an ombudsman like Office of Citizen Protection. He also asked for the end of international support.

A key group of diplomats released a statement Wednesday evening urging Henry and other political leaders "to reach an agreement" and form an inclusive government to "preserve national cohesion, and allow the country's journey towards political stability."

The Core Group, which includes ambassadors from Brazil, Germany, Canada, Spain and the U.S. as well as representatives from the United Nations (Organisation of American States) and the United Nations, demanded that "full transparency" be given on Moise's assassination.

In the slaying of 18 Colombian ex soldiers, more than 40 suspects were arrested. They also accused Haitian authorities that they tortured them while they were in custody. There have been many setbacks in the investigation, including death threats which forced court clerks into hiding and a judge to resign after the death of one of his assistants.

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