Haitian Prime Minister sacks Justice Minister, while another senior government official resigns

The Haitian government begins to crumble as Prime Minister Ariel Henry comes under increased surveillance by authorities investigating the president’s murder, with Henry sacking the justice minister on Wednesday evening, just hours after the resignation of another senior official and accusing Henry of obstructing justice in a letter with harsh terms.

Henry’s sacking of Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent came a day after he sacked the chief prosecutor of Port-au-Prince, who had linked the prime minister to a key suspect in the murder of President Jovenel Moïse.

Meanwhile, Renald Luberice, who served more than four years as secretary general of the Council of Ministers of Haiti, said he could not stay under the leadership of someone who is suspect and who “n does not intend to cooperate with justice, seeking, on the contrary, by all means, to prevent it.

Luberice also said he was concerned about the alleged evidence against Henry in the murder.

“May each minister live up to his mission at this historic crossroads,” he declared.

A spokesperson for Henry declined to comment. Vincent tweeted that Moses’ trust in him enabled him to serve with “dignity, competence, loyalty and a sense of public service.”

Vincent added that Haiti has an obligation to bring those responsible to justice: “It is a question of national dignity. I am counting on the independence of my country’s justice system to shed light on this emblematic case and all the other pending cases.

Henry appointed Liszt Quitel as Minister of Justice and Josue Pierre Louis as Secretary General of the Council.

PM asked to meet with prosecutor

The appointments come less than a week after Port-au-Prince Bed-Ford Chief Prosecutor Claude asked Henry to meet with him on Tuesday to explain why he had two phone conversations with a key suspect just hours after the murder of Moses on July 7 at his home. The suspect, Joseph Badio, was fired from the government’s anti-corruption unit in May and remains a fugitive.

On Tuesday, Claude ordered the judge in charge of the case to charge and investigate the prime minister based on this evidence. A few hours later, a new chief prosecutor replaced Claude on the orders of Henry, who accused Claude of an indefinite “serious administrative fault”.

The day before Claude’s dismissal, Vincent ordered the head of the Haitian National Police to strengthen the security of the prosecutor, saying he had received “significant and disturbing threats” in recent days.

The developments underscore that Moise’s Tet Kale party is fracturing, said Robert Fatton, a Haitian political expert at the University of Virginia.

Some politicians line up with Henry and others split up, threatening to further destabilize the country as he tries to recover from the turmoil of the assassination and a recent earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people as he prepares for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.

“This is all confusing”

Among those separating is Senate Speaker Joseph Lambert, a former ally of Moise who recently proclaimed himself provisional president in a move that only received support from several politicians and was recognized by the administration of Henry nor by anyone in the international community.

“I don’t know how long the power struggle can go on,” Fatton said. “This is all confusing. We will have to wait and see if the situation works out and if Ariel Henry wins this battle.”

Henry, who Moses appointed prime minister shortly before he was killed, did not speak publicly about the issue this week, saying only over the weekend that he was focusing on stabilizing Haiti and not would not be distracted by summons, maneuvers or threats.

The Office of Citizen Protection, similar to Haiti’s ombudsman, recently called on Henry to step down and called on the international community to stop supporting him.

On Wednesday evening, a key group of diplomats released a statement saying they encouraged the efforts of Henry and other political leaders to reach an agreement and form an inclusive government “to preserve national cohesion and enable the country to resume. its path to political stability “.

The Core Group, made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union and representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, also demanded that “all light be shed on the murder” of Moses.

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