Havana-On Wednesday, the Haitian government encountered new turmoil. Prime Minister Ariel Henry succeeded his Attorney General. A senior official stepped down, saying that he could not serve the prime minister suspected of assassinating President Giovinel Moise.
According to a statement in the Haitian Official Gazette, in a brewing political crisis, Heng used Interior Minister Liszt Quittel to replace Attorney General Rockefeller Vincent, who will be in charge of the two departments.
Renald Luberice, who served as the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers of Haiti for more than four years, resigned after new evidence linking Henry to a former Justice Department official. Investigators said he was the main reason behind the murder of Moise. One of the suspects.
The prosecutor said that phone records showed that the two had made two calls at around 4 am on July 7. Just a few hours later, the 53-year-old Moise was caught in his private home by a heavily armed assassin. Shot.
Henry denied any involvement in the murder, but he did not answer the phone directly. On Tuesday he succeeded the chief prosecutor of Haiti, who has been trying to accuse him as a suspect and bar him from leaving the country.
Last week the Prime Minister rejected an attempt to interview Moises about his killing, arguing that it was a political purpose designed to distract from his work in the poorest countries in the Americas, where power struggles have been for decades. Has been hindering development.
In a letter shared on social media on Wednesday, Luberice said he cannot serve people who “do not intend to cooperate with justice, but on the contrary, do everything possible to obstruct it.”
According to a gazette statement, Henry replaced Luberice with Josue Pierre-Louis on Wednesday. Josue Pierre-Louis has served as government minister since 2017 as the general coordinator of the Office of Management and Human Resources (OMRH).
Killing and crisis
As part of the investigation into the murder of Moise, more than 40 people, including 18 Colombians, were detained. The investigation has made little progress in solving the mystery and is full of irregularities.
Several judicial officials said they went into hiding after receiving death threats, while the original judge assigned to the case avoided himself.
Just a few days before Henry’s assassination, Moise appointed a neurosurgeon and political moderate Henry as prime minister to calm the political tensions that plagued his tenure and led to major constitutional and political crises.
After failing to hold legislative or municipal elections in a political deadlock two years ago, the country has only a few elected officials. Moise is governed by decree. However, in the current situation, the government does not have a constitutional framework.
Therefore, Henry needs a broad consensus to govern. Over the weekend, he announced that the main political forces in Haiti had reached an agreement on a transitional government aimed at leading next year’s elections and a new constitutional referendum.
But any signs of weakness may lead to new power struggles.
On Tuesday night, the Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, tried to assume the presidency after Moise’s death, becoming the most senior elected official, and he launched a new attack on the position on Tuesday night.
He called the local media to report that he was sworn in in Parliament, but a gun battle interrupted the proceedings. In a statement, the Senate attributed the shooting to a group “hired by the dark forces to obstruct the work of the senator.”
Lambert called for a press conference on Wednesday night.
A Western diplomat based in Port-au-Prince said that his likely demand for power would be “we find ourselves in another quagmire in this extra-constitutional situation.”