LA HAVANE, Sept 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry replaced Tuesday the public prosecutor who had been indicted against him as a suspect in the assassinationof President Jovenel Moise, plunging the country into a new political crisis.
Moise was shot on July 7 when assassins stormed his private residence in the hills above above Port-au-Prince. The 53-year-old had ruled by decree for more than a year after Haiti failed to hold legislative and municipal elections amid a political stalemate and faced numerous calls for resignation.
His death left Haiti in an even deeper constitutional and political crisis because it only has a handful of elected officials nationwide.
Henry, a moderate politician and neurosurgeon Moses appointed prime minister days before his death in an attempt to reduce political tensions, sought to forge a newwater consensus among the various political factions.
But the allegations about his possible involvement in Moses' murder now overshadow that.
Bed-Ford prosecutor Claude said last week that phone records showed Henry had twice contacted a man suspected of being the mastermind behind the murder of Moses on the night of the crime .
This suspect, a former Justice Department official whom Henry publicly defended, is now on the run.
Henry rejected his request to discuss the matter as policy and did not respond to the allegations.
This prompted Claude to write to the judge overseeing the murder and murder investigation on Tuesday. ask him to indict Henry as a suspect.
He also wrote toux Haitian migration services ordering them not to let the Prime Minister leave the country "because of serious suspicion relating to the assassination of the president ".
Later that day on Tuesday, a letter from Henry to Claude dated September 13 appeared in which he said he was firing him for " serious administrative error ", without going into details. In a separate letter dated September 14, he appointed Frantz Louis Juste to this post.
Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henry attends the signing ceremony of the "Political Accord for peaceful and effective governance of the interim period "with the opposition in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. September 11, 2021. Hfrance.fr/Ralph Tedy Erol / File Photo
It is not clear if the order is actually valid in as 1987 from Haiti. the constitution stipulates that the prosecutor can only be appointed or removed by the president, a post which remains vacant.
SEARCH FOR POLITICAL STABILITY
Decades of political instability as well as cNatural disasters have hampered the development of Haiti. Its aid-dependent economy is the poorest in the Americas, more than a third of Haitians face food insecurity , and gangs have turned despans of the capital into no-go zones.
Claude had invited Henry on Friday to meet him to discuss phone calls with the suspect, noting that he could only summon the prime minister on presidential orders, but that the country did not have president.
The Haitian Citizen Protection Office on Saturday demanded that Henry resign and surrender himself to justice.
Henry replied on Twitter that no distractions, invitations, sommation, maneuver, threat or rearguard action "distracts him from his work.
The Prime Minister announced on Saturday that the principal forces politicians had reached an agreement to establish a transitional government pending presidential elections and a referendum on whether to adopt a new constitution next year.
The agreement establishes a Council of Ministers under the leadership of Henry.
A constituent assembly of 33 members appointed by institutions and civil society organizations will have three months to prepare the new constitution.
Moise's own attempts to organize elections and a constitutional referendum were attacked for being too partisan, critics calling them veiled attempts to install a dictatorship.
His supporters said he was being punished for prosecuting a corrupt ruling elite and seeking to end undue privileges. Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Edited by Steve Orlofsky, Rosalba O 'Brien and Grant McCool
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