US Urges Haiti Prime Minister to Accelerate Power Transition Amid Rising Tensions and Violence

The United States has called on Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry to expedite the transition of power, aiming to facilitate free and fair elections amidst escalating tensions and violence in the country. The U.S. State Department has also advised American citizens to leave Haiti due to safety concerns. Tensions have been fueled by threats from one of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, who has warned of a civil war if Prime Minister Henry does not step down. The situation remains complex as international actors, gangs, and the Haitian government navigate this crisis.

  • The U.S. is urging Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry to hasten the transfer of power to allow for elections.
  • The U.S. State Department has recommended that American citizens evacuate Haiti as the security situation worsens.
  • Gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, a.k.a. Barbecue, has threatened a civil war if Henry does not resign.
  • Henry was barred entry from both Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is currently in Puerto Rico.
  • The Biden Administration supports Henry’s return in principle but stops short of facilitating his physical return to Haiti.
  • Amidst the chaos, the airport remains closed, businesses and schools are shuttered, and instances of looting have occurred.

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