Haiti’s Prime Minister survives assassination attempt on New Year’s Day

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Port-au-Prince. Armed men tried unsuccessfully to kill Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event over the weekend.

This is stated by the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement on Monday.

The episode took place on Saturday when Ariel Henry left a church in the northern city of Gonaïves, where he had attended a celebration of Haiti’s Liberation Day.

Here, the prime minister was tried shot by group of men he describes as “bandits and terrorists”.

The Prime Minister’s security forces responded again with shots, and according to local media, one person was killed and at least two wounded during the exchange of fire.

However, this information has not been confirmed by the police.

Ariel Henry escaped unharmed from the incident. He had been warned by the group before the ceremony in the church to set foot in the city.

Video footage from the episode, which has been shared on social media, shows Ariel Henry and his security people running towards their vehicles while the group shoots at them outside the church.

The Prime Minister’s Office states that an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspects who shot at Ariel Henry.

The attack has renewed concerns about security in Haiti. The poor country has been plagued by political unrest since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July.

Here, an armed group sought out the president’s residence in the middle of the night and shot and killed him while he was sleeping.

After Moïse’s death, Ariel Henry has been installed as interim head of state. The country has not set a date for when a new president will be elected.

The election has been postponed several times – also under Moïse.

Prior to the assassination, Moïse was accused of trying to extend his term of office indefinitely with postponements of the election that was originally supposed to have been held in 2018.

/ ritzau / Reuters

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