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Rival Haitian leaders battle for power after president’s assassination

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a wall with a mural depicting Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, after he was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence, in Port-au-Prince, {July 7 haiti,} 2021. REUTERS/Robenson Sanon

July 10, 2021

By Andre Paultre and Sarah Marsh

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – {An electrical} struggle is brewing in Haiti {because the} man appointed prime minister shortly {prior to the} assassination of Haiti’s president this week said he – not the acting premier – should lead the Caribbean nation and was forming a government {compared to that} effect.

Ariel Henry, {a neurosurgeon {who was simply} named prime minister by President Jovenel Moise on Monday,|monday a neurosurgeon {who was simply} named prime minister by President Jovenel Moise on,} two days before Moise was killed {by way of a} squad of gunmen in his home in {the administrative centre}, Port-au-Prince, {said he was now {the best} authority in Haiti,|said he was {the best} authority in Haiti now,} not interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

“{Following the} president’s assassination, I became {the best}, {legal and regular authority because {there is} a decree nominating me,|regular and legal authority because {there is} a decree nominating me,} {friday ” Henry told Reuters in a phone interview late on.}

Henry {was not} sworn {directly into} replace Joseph {during} the assassination, {which includes} created confusion over {who’s} the legitimate leader of the 11 million people in Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

Joseph, {{who was simply} named interim prime minister in April {following the} resignation of Joseph Jouthe,|april {following the} resignation of Joseph Jouthe {who was simply} named interim prime minister in,} {has had} the reins of power {up to now}, spearheading the government’s {reaction to} the assassination, {attractive to} {america} for support and declaring a 15-day state of emergency.

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Elections Minister Mathias Pierre said Joseph would keep that role until legislative and presidential elections are held on Sept.} 26.

Henry said {the brand new} government he was forming, however, would instead {develop a} new electoral council – given {the prior} one {have been} considered too partisan – and the council would determine new dates for elections.

“I don’t {know very well what|understand what} date {they’ll be}, {all {I understand} is {that people} cannot take {too much time} {to accomplish} these elections.|all {I understand} is {that people} cannot take long {to accomplish} these elections too.} {{We have to} do them {at the earliest opportunity},|{We have to} do them as {as you possibly can} soon,}” Henry said.

Haiti’s Senate, {which currently comprises {only a} third of its usual 30 senators,|which comprises {only a} third of its usual 30 senators currently,} {friday to be interim president nominated its head Joseph Lambert on,} a document reviewed by Reuters showed.

Henry said {he’d|however} be “{prepared to} lead {the united states} with {those} who wanted to {progress}” when asked if he was {ready to} rule alongside Lambert.

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Haiti’s 1987 constitution stipulates {the top} of the Supreme Court should {dominate} as interim president.|

Haiti’s 1987 constitution stipulates the relative head of the Supreme Court should {dominate} as interim president.} {But amendments {that aren’t} unanimously recognized {declare that} it {function as} prime minister,|But amendments {that aren’t} recognized {declare that} it {function as} prime minister unanimously,} or, {within the last} year of a president’s mandate – as was the case with Moise – that parliament should elect a president.

Further complicating {the problem}, {the top} of the Supreme Court died last month after contracting COVID-19 amid a surge in infections {in another of} the few countries yet {to start out} a vaccination campaign.

There {is} no sitting parliament as legislative elections scheduled for late 2019 were postponed amid political unrest.

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Haitian authorities have said that Moise was killed {by way of a} group of foreign,|

Haitian authorities have said that Moise was killed {by way of a} combined {band of} foreign,} trained assassins {made up of} 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

Seventeen of the men were captured {following a} gun {struggle with} Haitian authorities in Petionville, a hillside suburb of Port-au-Prince, {while three were killed and eight {remain} at large,|while three were killed and eight {are in} large still,} {in accordance with} Haitian police.

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Colombian investigators took a Friday evening flight to Port-au-Prince {to greatly help} Haitian authorities with the probe {in to the} assassination,|friday evening flight to Port-au-Prince {to greatly help} Haitian authorities with the probe {in to the} assassination

Colombian investigators took a,} General Jorge Luis Vargas, head of Colombia’s national police, said on Twitter.

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“Traveling {will be the} head of the National Intelligence Directive,|

“Traveling {will be the} relative head of the National Intelligence Directive,} and {with respect to} {the authorities}, the director of intelligence brigadier general Norberto Mujica and a most high-level official from INTERPOL Colombia,” Vargas tweeted.

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{AMERICA} {does not have any} plans currently {to supply} military {assist with} Haiti,|

{AMERICA} has no plans {to supply} military {assist with} Haiti currently,} {in accordance with} a senior administration official in Washington, after Port-au-Prince made a {obtain} U.S. {friday troops on.}

(Reporting by Andre Paultre in Port-Au-Prince, {Sarah Marsh in Julia and Havana Symmes Cobb in Bogota;} Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Paul Simao)

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