Delays in creation of new Haitian government as streets overrun with violence

Canadian-Soldiers-in-Haiti Canadian soldiers guard the Canadian embassy in Port-au-Prince

Revelation 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Panic set in around downtown Port-au-Prince on Monday as wild shooting filled the streets of Haiti’s capital, with heavy gunfire near the national palace.
  • The latest violence to rock the Caribbean island nation comes as the outgoing prime minister signaled that a broad transitional council is nearly finalized and seen as key to ending the current social and political crisis and paving the way for new elections.
  • Reuters saw civilians rush to escape gunfire in the capital, where rival gangs control wide swathes of territory, three weeks after Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced plans to step down pending the creation of the council and the appointment of an interim leader.
  • In a government statement, Henry said the nine members of the council have been forwarded on from regional body CARICOM, but he did not release the names.
  • Henry noted that a council of ministers must still discuss outstanding legal questions later on Monday in order to finalize the transition.
  • The discussions threaten to further delay an already prolonged resolution to Haiti’s lack of a functioning government.

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