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CARICOM concerned about deepening Haitian crisis

The 15-member CARICOM grouping has said it is concerned about the deepening of the multi-dimensional crisis in Haiti, telling the international community that its efforts to assist Haiti should go beyond strengthening the police and the judiciary.
 
CARICOM Secretary General Dr. Carla Barnett addressed a virtual international meeting on Haiti on Friday, organised by Canada.
 
Dr Barnett said the situation of institutional collapse with the executive, legislature and judiciary having become dysfunctional at different times and for various reasons is unprecedented. 
 
As a consequence, she said, there is no constitutional or legal way of filling the present institutional void in the absence of elections.
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the meeting that Haiti's allies must act immediately to help tackle a spike in violence that is worsening an already precarious humanitarian situation.
 
Mr Trudeau said the international community also needs to address deep governance problems that are fuelling a political and security crisis in Haiti.
 
 
 
Prime Minister's term
 
Meanwhile, Haiti's Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has rejected claims that his mandate ends next month and that he should make way for a transitional government.
 
This come even as the search for answers about the July 7 murder of President Jovenel Moise continues.
 
Henry, in a tweet on Friday, said that his term does not end on February. 7, as some local political parties argue, and that his administration will organize free and democratic elections at an undetermined date.
 
Henry has been leading the country since President Moise was murdered by a hit squad six months ago, and some contend that his presidential term ends on February 7 when Mr Moise was due to step down.
 
Among those making that argument is a group of Haitian politicians who met in Louisiana last weekend and named an interim prime minister and interim president they said should assume office and organize the vote.
 
Mr Henry's grasp on power is also being threatened by claims that he may have had ties to some of those involved in the assassination.
 
                              
 
                                     
 


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