Henry Resigns as Prime Minister of Haiti, Paving the Way for a New Government to Take Power


Ariel Henry resigned on April 25 as prime minister of Haiti, leaving the way clear for a new government to be formed in the Caribbean country, which has been wracked by gang violence that killed or injured more than 2,500 people from January to March.

Henry presented his resignation in a letter signed in Los Angeles, dated April 24, and released on April 25 by his office on the same day that a council tasked with choosing a new prime minister and cabinet for Haiti was sworn in.

The council was installed earlier on April 25, more than a month after Caribbean leaders announced its creation following an emergency meeting to tackle Haiti’s spiraling crisis. Gunfire heard as the council was sworn in at the National Palace prompted worried looks.

The international community has urged the council to prioritize Haiti’s widespread insecurity. The nine-member council, of which seven have voting powers, is expected to help set the agenda of a new cabinet. It will also appoint a provisional electoral commission, a requirement before elections can take place, and establish a national security council.

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