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Haiti’s Prime Minister Has Agreed To Resign As Gang Violence Goes Out Of Control

Haiti’s Violence

Ariel Henry, the embattled Prime Minister of Haiti, has finally agreed to resign his position after a gang violence goes out of control in the capital. The resignation news was announced by Mohamed Irfaan Ali, president of Guyana and chairman of the group known as Caricom, at a news conference.

“We acknowledge the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, upon the establishment of a transitional presidential council and the naming of an interim prime minister,” Ali said.

Ali also stated that free and fair elections will be conducted for a smooth transition of power and continuity of governance and near-term security.

The call Henry’s resignation grew louder and protesters were seen outside his hotels where he was believed to be staying. He had been on US soil since last week, and he was forced to land in Puerto Rico due to threats in the Haiti airport.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and the country has been in crisis for a long time due to notorious gangs vying for power. The country went into a state of emergency after the gangs attacked Government institutions, hospitals, airport, and prisons.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that US and Caricom support clear political transition plan in Haiti. He also took the matters to social media and posted, “Haitians cannot wait any longer for a path to security, stability, and democracy.”