With Ariel Henry installed as Prime Minister, tensions in Haiti continue to simmer

On Tuesday, Ariel Henry—a trained neurosurgeon and former Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities, who had been named prime minister-designate by Moïse only two days before his death—was sworn in as Prime Minister and acting President of Haiti in a ceremony in Port-au-Prince, replacing former interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who had ruled the country as de facto head of state since Moïse’s killing. Joseph, who will evidently retain a ministerial role as Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced over the weekend that he would step down, ceding power to Henry “for the good of the nation.”

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Jovenel Moïse assassinated in Haiti

Occurring only days after Moïse had designated Ariel Henry as the country’s new prime minister, the assassination is expected to plunge the impoverished Caribbean nation of 11.4 million into further political and social instability.

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