Weekly Report - 23 September 2021 (WR-21-38)

HAITI: Crisis intensifies as Henry implicated in Moïse’s murder

Haiti’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, has been forced on the defensive after Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude called for him to be charged in relation to the 7 July assassination of president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021). Claude has since been fired and Henry has subsequently sought to dispel these claims which some link to a power struggle between a group linked to Henry and Moïse allies (which include Claude), particularly after Henry struck a deal with other opposition groups to forge a unity government. With the investigation into Moïse’s murder yet to shed much light as to the perpetrators or motives, the calls for Henry to face justice, speculation as to his possible involvement, and the power struggle apparently laid bare threaten to further exacerbate the political crisis.

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