Haiti’s new Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Wednesday said the government plans to create conditions for the Caribbean nation to hold elections as swiftly as possible.
“The mission of this government is to prepare the conditions to hold the elections as quickly as possible,” Henry told reporters at his first news conference since taking office last week.
This comes after the international community encouraged the interim government to elect a new leadership as early as possible to give democratic legitimacy to the government. Presidential and parliamentary elections had been due to take place in September.
Already struggling with political paralysis, economic malaise and gang-fueled violence, Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was pushed deeper into turmoil after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated earlier this month.
Henry assured that he would be working to restore confidence in the government, and that there would be dialogue with civil society and political leaders to reach consensus on how to move forward.
However, Moise’s prior plan to concurrently hold a referendum on changing the constitution to strengthen the presidency at the expense of parliament, could come as a threat to Henry achieving his promise.
The premier said nothing of the constitutional reform in his announcement.