July 26, 2021

Joe Biden calls on politicians to unite

US President Joe Biden on Monday, July 12, called on Haitian political leaders to “Unite”, while the country has been plunged into instability since the assassination of its president.

“The people of Haiti deserve peace and security” and “Political leaders must unite” in this sense, he declared from the White House, on the sidelines of a meeting devoted to violence and firearms in the United States.

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Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki had lamented “The lack of visibility on the future political direction” from the country. Asked about the possibility of sending American troops to Haiti, she considered that a possible decision on this subject was ” Analyzing “, and assured that « non », such an option was not excluded.

Washington has been calling since the start of the crisis for elections to be held before the end of the year.

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The assassination on July 7 of President Jovenel Moïse further destabilized this nation of 11 million inhabitants, already in the grip of immense poverty and extreme insecurity, which three men now claim to lead. They are Claude Joseph, interim Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, Prime Minister appointed by Jovenel Moïse before his death, but not having taken office, and Joseph Lambert, President of the Senate.

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The majority of senators still in office, the last elected nationals in office, signed a resolution on Friday evening offering Joseph Lambert the title of provisional president of the Republic.

A delegation of representatives of the US administration visited Haiti on Sunday. Representatives from the Ministries of Justice and Homeland Security, the State Department, and the National Security Council attended “Examined the security of vital infrastructure” and met the police officers in charge of the investigation into the assassination of the president, according to a statement from the White House.

“The US Department of Justice will continue to support the Haitian government in its examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding this heinous act”, said a statement. He “Will also investigate to find out if there have been any violations of American criminal law in connection with this case”.

At least two Americans of Haitian origin, accused of participating in the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, have been arrested by the national police in Haiti.

The World with AFP