The Prime Minister of Haiti appoints a new cabinet amidst turmoil

After more than four months as leader of Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Ariel Henry was sworn in as the new cabinet

At the time of the appointment, Haiti was struggling to deal with violence, kidnappings and continued fuel shortages, all of which were attributed to the blockade of natural gas distribution terminals by powerful gangs.

“You accepted this under difficult conditions,” Henry told his new cabinet.

Among those appointed is Jean Victor Jeneus, who will succeed Claude Joseph as Minister of Foreign and Religious Affairs. Joseph briefly served as acting prime minister after Moise was killed in his private residence before dawn on July 7.

Henry warned that, given the complex situation in Haiti, difficult decisions are coming, and said that his government is doing everything it can to use the resources it has to ensure public safety.

He said: “We are doing our best to restore national authority and collect funds that need to be collected.” “One of the main responsibilities of this government is to create a safe and stable environment.”

Henry condemned the continued violence and called on the criminals to lay down their weapons, otherwise: “They will be wiped out and eventually go to jail, otherwise they will face the risk of death.”

Haiti is grappling with a surge in gang-related kidnappings, including the abduction of 17 missionaries linked to a religious organization in Ohio on October 16. Two of them were released on Sunday, but did not provide more details.

“While we are happy for the two hostages released over the weekend, we continue to pray for the 15 people who are still imprisoned,” the Christian Aid Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Henry also talked about fuel shortages and rising prices, saying that the government has invested tens of thousands of dollars to subsidize natural gas, but this situation cannot be sustained for long. He said he will solve this problem in the near future.

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