Haitian Prime Minister Officially Resigns in LA: Transitional Authority Formed

Ariel Henri resigned as Haiti's prime minister today, paving the way for the formation of a new government in the Caribbean country rocked by gang violence that killed or injured more than 2,500 people between January and March

by Sededin Dedovic
Haitian Prime Minister Officially Resigns in LA: Transitional Authority Formed
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Ariel Henri, with all the efforts and hopes he carried in his term as Prime Minister of Haiti, today still resigned from his post. The decision paves the way for the formation of a new government in the Caribbean country, which has been rocked by unprecedented gang violence, which has resulted in the death or injury of more than 2,500 people between January and March alone.

Henri's resignation comes at a crucial time, as Haiti searches for a way out of the deep political and security crisis that has engulfed the country. The resignation letter, signed in Los Angeles and dated April 24, was released today through Henri's office.

On the same day, while swearing in the transitional council in charge of choosing a new prime minister and cabinet for Haiti, Henri formally submitted his resignation. This is an event of extreme importance for Haiti's political scene, which is taking place in the shadow of escalating violence and insecurity caused by gangs.

After Henri's resignation, the appointment of an interim prime minister and the formation of a new government become priorities for Haiti. However, it has not yet been specified when the transitional council will choose its interim prime minister.

Meanwhile, the remaining members of Henri's cabinet appointed Michel Patrick Boaver, the minister of economy and finance, as acting prime minister.

Haiti Rebels Gang© Sky News / YOutube channel

In an emotional address to the crowd in the prime minister's office, Boaver pointed out that the crisis in Haiti has lasted too long and that the country is now at a crossroads.

"After two long months of discussions, a solution was found. Today is an important day in the life of our dear republic," Boaver said, expressing hope that the transitional council would find a path to Haiti's stability and progress.

The transitional council, formed today, consists of nine members, seven of whom have the right to vote. His authority includes the determination of the program for the new cabinet, the appointment of a temporary election commission, which is necessary before the election, as well as the establishment of the national security council.

The mandate of the transitional council expires on February 7, 2026, and that date marks the expected transfer of power to the new president. However, despite the formal establishment of a transitional council, there are a number of challenges facing Haiti in this transitional period.

Smit Augustin, one of the members of the Council, points out that it is unclear whether Boaver will remain in the position of interim prime minister or someone else will be elected. At the same time, Rezin Abraham emphasizes that the gangs have now taken control of a large part of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, leading to the displacement of tens of thousands of people and the closing of hundreds of schools.

Haiti Gang Leader© Firstpost / Youtube channel

The gangs have carried out coordinated attacks since February 29, burning police stations and hospitals, attacking the main international airport and breaking into prisons, freeing thousands of prisoners.

Their attacks began while Prime Minister Henri was in Kenya on an official visit to negotiate the deployment of police forces to support the UN. These events further deepened the crisis in the country, causing a humanitarian disaster and total insecurity among the population.

Heavily armed gangs have controlled the streets of Haiti's capital Port Au Prince in recent days, demanding the resignation of Henry, who has headed Haiti's government since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021.

Port Au Prince and surrounding regions are under a month-long state of emergency, with an extended curfew imposed last week, after violence escalated when armed gang members seized the two largest prisons and freed thousands of inmates.

Gangs are estimated to control up to 80 percent of Port Au Prince, Haiti's capital. The United States said Henry expressed his desire to return to Haiti, but that the security situation must improve before that is possible.

The international community is actively monitoring the situation in Haiti and appeals to the members of the transitional council to urgently face the growing violence and insecurity. The US expressed its support for the establishment of a transitional council as a "crucial" stage towards the organization of free and fair elections in the country.

This is an added boost for Haitians as they strive to overcome the challenges ahead and build a path to a stable and prosperous future. Considering all these factors, it is clear that Haiti is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history.

However, despite the challenges, there is also hope for change and progress. The establishment of the transitional council represents a step forward towards the political stabilization of the country and the restoration of citizens' trust in the institutions.