Ariel Henry, a prominent neurosurgeon is Haiti’s new Prime Minister. He was inaugurated Tuesday, as Haiti began official ceremonies to mourn the loss of President Jovenel Moïse.
The 71-year-old Dr Henry must now take on the herculean task of leading the nation to form a new government amidst mounting civil unrest.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony the new Prime Minister said his main goal is to organize elections to take place in 120 days “I’m not afraid.”
Haiti has been steeped in brutal fighting between ganglords that is crippling the economy, with a parliament that has been dissolved because elections weren’t staged and a Supreme Court that hasn’t been functioning after its president died from Covid-19.
Mr Henry is calling for unity at this time. “All Haitians have to unite to fix the crisis. I’m not a magician,” he said.
He said it would be vital to restore security and investor confidence and to better combat Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Martine Moïse, the wife of Haiti’s assassinated president who was injured in the July 07 attack at their private home, returned to the Caribbean nation following her release from a Miami hospital.
Earlier in the week, she tweeted from the Miami hospital that she could not believe her husband, Jovenel Moïse, was gone “without saying a last word,” she wrote. “This pain will never pass.”
According to reports, government officials had announced that Jovenel Moïse’s funeral would be held on July 23 in the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haitien.