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Ariel Henry appointed new Prime Minister of Haiti

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New Haiti PM: Ariel Henry, amid the political turmoil caused by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, on 20 July 2021 was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Haiti.

Key Points:

  • He was sworn in as Haiti’s new Prime Minister, nearly two weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
  • The late president asked Henry to take the job, days before he was gunned down at his home on July 7th, 2021 in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
  • Henry will lead the nation until a new President is chosen in an election scheduled for September.
  • His appointment as the new PM of Haiti has been backed by the United States, Germany and the United Nations.
  • He faces a country wracked by poverty, crime, long-term political instability and natural disasters, including hurricanes and a major earthquake.

About Ariel Henry:

  • Ariel Henry (age-71) is a Haitian politician and a neurosurgeon.
  • He was the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor of Haiti (2011–2016).
  • He entered politics as a leader of the Democratic Convergence movement which sought to topple President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was accused of rigging the 2000 Haitian parliamentary election.

Assassination of President Jovenel Moise:

  • President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on 7 July 2021.
  • He was shot dead while his wife got injured in an attack on their home in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
  • However, the assassination of President Jovenel Moise still remains a mystery.
  • As of now, the Haitian police have reported that at least 26 people have been arrested so far that includes local police officers, Haitian-Americans and Colombians.

About Haiti:

  • Haiti officially the Republic of Haiti, formerly known as Hayti, is a Caribbean country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea, to the east of Cuba and Jamaica and south of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • It occupies the western three-eighths of the island which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
  • The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince.
  • The currency used here is Haitian gourde.

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