New Haiti government formed to tackle gang violence, political chaos

A new government was formed in Haiti on Tuesday, tasked with restoring security and stability in the Caribbean nation that is ravaged by gang violence and political chaos.

The decree appointing members of the new cabinet was published in Haiti's official gazette, two weeks after the country's transitional government council named Garry Conille as interim prime minister.

Conille served as Haiti's premier for a short period in 2011-2012, and was until recently regional director for UN aid agency UNICEF.

He will now also serve as minister of the interior, according to the published government list.

Dominique Dupuy, the current representative of Haiti to UNESCO, will be in charge of foreign affairs.

Haiti, in serious turmoil for several years, is finalizing its transitional authorities who will seek to pave the way to the first elections since 2016, but their power appears limited in the face of well-armed and lawless gangs.

Former prime minister Ariel Henry, appointed just before the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, failed to address the nation's spiraling troubles.

He announced in early March that he would step down and hand executive power to the transitional council.

Gang rule

The job before Haiti's new leaders is monumental as they confront the crises devastating the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.


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