Saturday, October 23

Assassination in Haiti: Prime Minister dismisses Justice Minister


The dismissal occurs hours after the dismissal of the prosecutor who requested the imputation of the prime minister in the investigation into the murder of President Moise

The Prime Minister of Haiti
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry.Maxime GiordaniEFE
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Political tensions increased this Wednesday in Haiti due to the resignation of the Secretary of the Council of Ministers, Rnald Lubrice, and the dismissal of the Minister of Justice, Rockefeller Vincent, two high officials close to the late President Jovenel Moise, who was assassinated on July 7. .

The resignation of Lubrice, who was a train dash Within the current government, it occurred a day after the sudden dismissal of prosecutor Bel-Ford Claude, who has also publicly confronted the prime minister, Ariel Henry, on account of the investigation of the assassination.

Hours later, Henry removed the Minister of Justice, whose removal was a demand of the opposition party Democratic and Popular Sector (SDP), as part of complex negotiations to form a new government, which will retain power in the coming months, until the elections in which Moise’s successor is chosen.

The prime minister, under suspicion

Prosecutor Claude was fired by Henry hours after he asked the judge who is instructing the assassination case to investigate the prime minister for his possible involvement in the crime.

The prosecutor’s suspicions are based on a report by an NGO that has disclosed data from the investigation, according to which Henry had two telephone conversations with Joseph Felix Badio, one of the main suspects in the crime and who is on the run, barely three hours after the fatal assault occurred to the residence of the president.

Despite the suspicions, the prosecutor was not empowered to request the investigation or the summons of anyone involved, since this function must fall to the investigating judge, Garry Orlien, which led the head of government to consider that Claude incurred in a “serious administrative offense”.

On Wednesday, the secretary of the Council of Ministers also linked his decision to resign to these suspicions that fall on Henry, whom he accused of trying to “obstruct” Justice.

Henry has referred to these accusations as a “diversionary maneuver” that conceals political purposes.

“No distraction, no summons or invitation, no maneuver, no threat, no rear-guard combat, no aggression will distract me from my mission,” Henry said last Saturday in a speech.

The departure of the Lubrice government has come as no surprise in Haiti; In fact, several Haitian media reported last Monday that the secretary was dismissed during a Council of Ministers in which Ariel Henry began the remodeling your cabinet, information that has neither been officially confirmed nor denied.

Another of those who were allegedly dismissed at that meeting is the Minister of Justice, Rockefeller Vincent, whose dismissal was confirmed this Wednesday by decree.

The SDP, one of the strongest opponents of Moise and responsible for organizing violent protests in the last three years, signed the government agreement last Saturday.

Political transition

The so-called ‘Political Agreement for a Peaceful and Effective Governance of the Interim Period’ was signed at a ceremony held last Saturday at Henry’s official residence, in which many opponents and few members of his Government were present.

So far, according to Henry, the agreement has received the support of “169 political, popular and civil society organizations,” although the list of signatories has not been disclosed.

The main axis of the agreement provides for the constitution of a Government composed mainly of personalities no link to political parties, who would be in charge of exercising power until the holding of elections, which will foreseeably be postponed until the end of 2022.

Among the parties that have not clarified their position in relation to the agreement is precisely Tt Kale, a right-wing force in which Moise was a member and which was founded by his predecessor, Michel Martelly.

The sector of those closest to Moise, including Lubrice, Vincent, and the Chancellor, Claude Joseph, It has been the most critical with the agreement that, if applied, will mean leaving the Government, which this party has led since 2011.

Henry’s “efforts” to reach a consensual agreement today received the express support of the most influential diplomats in Port-au-Prince, gathered in the Core Group, a group that is made up of the ambassadors of Germany, Brazil, Spain, the United States, France and France. the European Union, as well as by representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

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