HAVANE, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - New turbulence hit the Haitian government on Wednesday as a senior official resigned saying he could not serve a prime minister suspected of the assassination of President Jovenel Moses and refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
The resignation of Renald Luberice, who served more than four years as secretary general of the Council of ministers of Haiti, came after new evidence emerged linking Prime Minister Ariel Henry to the former Justice Department official suspected of being the mastermind behind Moise's murder.
Prosecutors say over the phone the recordings show the two spoke twice around 4 a.m. on July 7, just hours after Moise, 53, was shot dead when heavily armed assassins stormed his private residence.
Henry has denied any involvement in the m urder but he didn 't address the phone calls directly and on Tuesday he replaced the chief prosecutor of Haiti who sought to indict him as a suspect and forbid him to leave the country.
Attempts to interview the Prime Minister last week about Moise's murder were rejected as they called a policy to distract him from the job at hand in the poorest country in the Americas, where power struggles have for decades hampered development.
In a letter shared on social media on Wednesday, Luberice said he could not not serve someone who "does not have the intentionn to cooperate with justice, seeking, on the contrary, by all means, to obstruct it ".
More than 40 people, including 18 Colombians , have so far been arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of Moses. mystery y and have been riddled with irregularities.
Several judicial officials went into hiding after claiming to have received death threats while the original judge in charge of the case recused himself.
Moise appointed Henry, a neurosurgeon and politically moderate, as prime minister just days before his assassination in an effort to ease the political tensions that have plagued his tenure and led to a constitutional and political crisis major.
The country has only a handful of elected officials after failing two years ago to organize legislative or municipal elections in the middle of apolitical blockage. Moses had ruled by decree. But there is no constitutional framework for a government in a situation like this.
As such, Henry needs help. 'a broad consensus to govern. Over the weekend, he announced an agreement between Haiti's main political forces on a transitional government aimed at leading next year to elections and a new constitutional referendum.
But any sign of weakness could lead to a new power struggle.
Senate President Joseph Lambert, who tried to claim the presidency in the days following the murder as the remaining senior elected official, took another blow to the post on Tuesday evening.
He called local media to cover his swearing-in in parliament, but shooting halted proceedings. He called for a press conference on Wednesday evening.
His likely claim to power "will put another quagmire to this extra-constitutional scenario in which we are let's find "said a Western diplomat based in Port-au-Prince. Sarah Marsh Report Edited by Alistair Bell
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