The Prime Minister of Haiti had to land in Puerto Rico: Rebels attacked the airport

Prime Minister Ariel Henry is on his way to Haiti from New Jersey, but armed gangs are trying to seize the international airport to prevent him from landing

by Sededin Dedovic
The Prime Minister of Haiti had to land in Puerto Rico: Rebels attacked the airport
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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has arrived in Puerto Rico after being unable to return to his country, the BBC reports in its latest reports. This unexpected turn of events has led to various speculations and discussions about the current situation in Haiti and the future of political stability in the region.

As local media reports, Henry arrived in the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, on Tuesday, after previously landing from the US state of New Jersey. Since he left Haiti after a visit to Kenya, there has been no reliable information on his location in recent days, further adding to tensions in Haiti's already volatile political situation.

In the absence of Prime Minister Henri, the violence in Haiti has escalated. Armed gangs, led by a leader known as Jimmy "Barbecue" Cherizia, intensified their activities. Many crimes and violence were committed, several attacks on police stations.

A coalition of gangs led by Cherizije, a former police officer, went on the offensive and even attacked two prisons, during which 4,000 prisoners for the most serious crimes managed to escape. They eventually tried to take control of the international airport to prevent the Prime Minister from returning.

Cherisie even publicly called on Prime Minister Henry to resign, warning of the possibility of civil war and potential genocide if the current political crisis is not resolved quickly and effectively. Prime Minister Ariel Henry's plane was forced to divert to Puerto Rico, a US territory, after being denied entry to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic, further complicating the situation.

The Dominican Republic has even closed its airspace to Haiti, making decisions that point to covert tensions between the two countries.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry© Spencer Platt / Getty Images

The leader of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, recently announced the measures that will be taken to ensure stability on the border between the two countries.

Since the state of emergency was imposed on Sunday, all flights have been canceled until further notice and the airport in the capital Port-au-Prince has been closed. These actions are the result of increased concern over the escalation of violence and political instability in Haiti, which led to the decision to close borders and restrict crossings.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry's departure from Haiti to attend a regional summit in Guyana, followed by a trip to Kenya to sign an agreement to deploy a multinational police force in Haiti, has further fueled speculation and debate about his role in the current crisis.

His absence has led to the strengthening of a gang coalition that now feels very confident. Henry would be a target for the gangs, who demand that he step down, and his return at this time can simply be seen as more of a hindrance to the stability of the nation than a help, writes the BBC.

Now, while Henry is in Puerto Rico, the question of his future role in solving the political crisis in Haiti is being asked. His return may be hampered by growing violence and hostility expressed by gangs that control part of Haiti's territory.

Additionally, Henry is facing pressure from both the domestic and international scene to take responsibility and take decisive steps to calm the situation and restore stability in the country. However, it is unlikely that he will be able to come to an agreement without leaving the post of prime minister, because the rebels have made it the key goal of their 'campaign'

Analysts point out that the current crisis in Haiti is the result of long-term political, economic and social problems that have affected the country for years. Corruption, poverty, inequality and lack of adequate institutions are just some of the factors that have contributed to the current situation.

There is a big difference between the population, the middle class is almost non-existent, while poverty is widespread. A few people hold capital and power in their hands and the dissatisfaction is huge. Solving these fundamental problems requires long-term strategies and the engagement of all relevant actors, both within the country and at the international level, because it is obvious that nothing can be agreed upon within the country.

The international community is following the situation in Haiti with attention and is providing support in resolving the crisis. The United Nations, the Organization of American States and other relevant organizations have expressed their willingness to help Haiti rebuild and build a stable and prosperous future.

While Prime Minister Ariel Henry is in Puerto Rico, it is expected that the diplomatic efforts of influential countries will intensify in order to find a solution to the political crisis in Haiti. All eyes are on Henry and his decision.

What compromise will he propose to the rebels or will he leave power. Leaving could result in anarchy and a new wave of violence, but we hope that an agreement will be reached and that both sides will be ready to compromise.