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Haiti transitional government takes power as gangs hold capital “hostage”

Port-au-Prince. Haiti Reuters Haiti’s transition council took power in a ceremony on Thursday, formalising the resignation of former Prime Minster Ariel Henry as the Caribbean country seeks to establish security after years of gang violence wreaking chaos and misery. Henry’s Finance Minister, Michel Patrick Boisvert, will be interim Prime Minister until the transition council appoints […]

Haiti police bolster security around palace ahead of transition

Port-au-Prince Reuters Haitian police deployed tear gas to move people back from a security perimeter around the National Palace while soldiers gripping rifles patrolled the international airport’s diplomatic entrance on Tuesday, ahead of a planned change of government. The palace has come under repeated fire from gangs that have paralysed the capital Port-au-Prince. A nine-member […]

Haiti’s capital under gang attacks ahead of government transition

Port-au-Prince Reuters Armed gangs launched fresh attacks on parts of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince ahead of the installation of a transitional council set to usher in a new government, local media said on Sunday, reporting arson and heavy gunfire in the city centre. The Lower Delmas area is turning into “a battlefield between police and armed […]

Haiti gang leader killed as transition council nears completion

Updated: 6pm (AEDT) Reuters Attacks, including a shooting that left a gang leader dead, flared in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on Thursday as political groups appeared nearer to finalising a transition council to take over from an absent government. A police operation killed the head of the Delmas 95 gang, Ernst Julme, known as Ti Greg, […]

Haiti suspected gang members set on fire as conflict spreads to capital suburb

Reuters Suspected gang members were killed during an attack on the Petion-Ville neighbourhood on the southern outskirts of Haiti’s capital, as a clash with police and locals pointed to a resurgence of vigilante justice while the state remains absent. The latest outburst of violence comes as the political future of the crisis-racked Caribbean island nation […]

Haiti’s top gang leader threatens politicians as fires break out in capital

Port-au-Prince Reuters A powerful gang leader in Haiti has issued a threatening message aimed at political leaders who would take part in a planned transition council, as fires broke out amid a fresh surge of violence in the capital. After unpopular Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced on Monday he would step down once the council […]

After Prime Minister pledges to step down, uneasy quiet in Haiti capital

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Uncertainty hung over Haiti’s political future on Tuesday after its Prime Minister said he would step down, a move welcomed by many Haitians exhausted by months of escalating gang violence, but with questions over security still to be settled. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, stranded in Puerto Rico, released a recorded video late […]

Haitian PM tenders resignation after Jamaica talks

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned as head of the Caribbean nation, the leader of a regional body said on Monday, an unelected role the 74-year-old neurosurgeon has held since the 2021 assassination of the country’s last president. “We acknowledge his resignation upon the establishment of transitional presidential council and naming […]