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Haiti – International community must assist but not interfere in Haiti (Al Jazeera)

A demonstrator carries a rock to make a barricade during a protest against the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Cap-Haitien, Haiti on July 22, 2021 [Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters]

A demonstrator carries a rock to make a barricade during a protest against the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Cap-Haitien, Haiti on July 22, 2021 [Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters]

Christopher Rhodes

When Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated last month, the sudden power vacuum and political uncertainty created were just the latest in a long line of political and humanitarian crises to have hit the island nation. While Haitians went about figuring out how to move forward, the shadow of possible foreign intervention loomed large. For much of its history, Haiti has seen powerful nations and international bodies intervene in its internal affairs, both responding to and often exacerbating crises in the process.

International community must assist but not interfere in Haiti | Latin America | Al Jazeera

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Haiti – Haiti arrests top security chief in Moise murder investigation (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Haitian police have arrested the head of Jovenel Moise’s security team as part of the ongoing investigation into the president’s July 7 assassination.

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(USA/Haiti) Secretary Blinken’s Call with Haitian Prime Minister Henry (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Haitian Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry today. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting the Haitian people following the heinous assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The Secretary also underscored the need for Prime Minister Henry’s unity government to seek broad political and civil society consensus on government priorities. Secretary Blinken, echoing the international community, emphasized the importance of establishing the conditions necessary for Haitians to vote in free and fair legislative and presidential elections as soon as feasible.

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(Haiti) ‘If a president is killed in his own home, who is exempt?’ (Al Jazeera)

Jessica Obert writes for Al Jazeera: Following the news of Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s assassination in the early hours of July 7, a state of collective shock took over the country. The streets of Port-au-Prince – normally buzzing with vendors, taxi traffic, and more than a month of fierce fighting between armed gangs that displaced thousands across the capital – fell silent.

go to Al Jazeera: Haiti: ‘If a president is killed in his own home, who is exempt?’ | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

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(USA/Haiti) Announcement of Daniel Foote as Special Envoy for Haiti (US Department of State)

The Department of State is pleased to announce that Ambassador Daniel Foote, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will serve as its Special Envoy for Haiti. The Special Envoy will engage with Haitian and international partners to facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections. He will also work with partners to coordinate assistance efforts in several areas, including humanitarian, security, and investigative assistance. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we pursue Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti.

The Special Envoy will, along with the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, lead U.S. diplomatic efforts and coordinate the effort of U.S. federal agencies in Haiti from Washington, advise the Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinate closely with the National Security Council staff on the administration’s efforts to support the Haitian people and Haiti’s democratic institutions in the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Jovenel Moïse.

Special Envoy Foote brings extensive diplomatic experience to this role – including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia. The Department congratulates Special Envoy Foote as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country.

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(Haiti) Amid political crisis, Haiti appoints new prime minister (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Haiti has appointed a new prime minister, less than two weeks after President Jovenel Moise’s assassination threw the deeply divided Caribbean nation into greater political uncertainty. Ariel Henry was sworn in during a ceremony in the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, the same day that official commemorations were held to honour Moise.

go to Al Jazeera website: Amid political crisis, Haiti appoints new prime minister | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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(Haiti) The country in a political confusion

Al Jazeera writes: Jovenel Moise’s assassination has thrown Haiti into a fog of political confusion. But with gangs running the streets and extreme poverty across the country, Haiti was in a state of crisis long before his killing.

listen to the podcast: Haiti, after Jovenel Moise’s assassination | Latin America News | Al Jazeera

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(Haiti/USA) Haiti and American pressure

Al Jazeera writes: The United States’s top diplomat has urged Haitian political leaders to work towards holding elections later this year, a demand top civil society activists in Haiti and other experts have pushed back against as “a mistake” amid deep political instability. Speaking to reporters on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Haitian leaders “to bring the country together around a more inclusive, peaceful and secure vision and pave the road toward free and fair elections this year”.

read more: Haiti advocates reject US push for elections after Moise killing | Elections News | Al Jazeera

A man walks past graffiti that reads 'Martine Moise' near the house where President Jovenel Moise was assassinated, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 11 [Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters]

A man walks past graffiti that reads ‘Martine Moise’ near the house where President Jovenel Moise was assassinated, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 11 [Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters]

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(Haiti) Inside Haiti

Al Jazeera writes: Haitian police have arrested one of the suspected masterminds behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Authorities said they detained a Haitian man, living in the US state of Florida, whom they accuse of hiring mercenaries to remove and replace the president.

read more: Haiti arrests suspected mastermind in President Moise’s killing | Latin America News | Al Jazeera

Moise was shot dead on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins comprised of 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans [Matias Delacroix/AP Photo]

Moise was shot dead on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins comprised of 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans [Matias Delacroix/AP Photo]

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