Haiti has asked the United States and the United Nations (UN) to send troops to help secure ports, airports and other locations, a minister said on Friday. Another strategic point of Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and his wife.
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The United States has announced that it will send the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agents to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, two days after President Moise was brutally killed by gunmen. at home, leaving a power vacuum in this impoverished and crisis-ridden Caribbean nation.
Haiti’s election minister Mathias Pierre told AFP: “We think that mercenaries can destroy some infrastructure to create chaos in the country. [Do đó] In a phone call with the US Secretary of State and the UN, we made this request.“
The US State Department and the Pentagon both confirmed receipt of the request.security and investigative support” from Haiti, said Washington officials remained in contact with Port-au-Prince but did not specify whether US troops would be deployed to Haiti.
The UN did not respond to a request for comment.
Washington has signaled its readiness to help Haiti investigate the incident. On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that the FBI and other US officials would arrive in the Caribbean nation as soon as possible.
Haiti’s Minister Pierre confirmed that the request for assistance from the United States and the United Nations was made as questions were raised on Friday (July 9) around who is the mastermind of the assassination attempt. this flamboyant. Members of the assassination team, mostly Colombians and Americans, are now dead or arrested, and no clear motive has been publicly announced.
Amid the turmoil in Haiti, two politicians are currently vying for leadership in a country of 11 million people, more than half of whom are under the age of 20. Currently, Haiti does not have a parliament.
After a few days of paralysis, the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, has seen a timid return of people to the streets, with shops and transport back up and running. with a sense of anxiety.
With the anticipation of more uncertainty, Haitian people scrambled to buy necessities at supermarkets to stock up and queued at gas stations to buy propane gas for cooking.
Ms Marjory, a Port-au-Prince resident, lamented to AFP as she and her husband were shopping at a store to stock up:I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the day after in this country, so I’m preparing for bad days ahead.“
She added: “I’m prioritizing buying everything that can last for days.“
Gang violence, which is rife in the Caribbean nation, also flared up again on Friday (July 9). Clashes between gangs have paralyzed traffic on an important Haitian highway.
According to Flightradar data, Port-au-Prince’s airport, which was closed after the attack, appears to have reopened.
As the shock of the murder wears off, many Haitians are demanding answers from the authorities about the incident.
One resident of the capital told AFP:Foreigners have come to this country to commit crimes. We Haitians are appalled.“
He emphasized: “We need to know who is behind this, their names, their background so that justice can be done.“
Haitian police said a 28-member assassination team of Colombians and Americans carried out the attack, but police are still looking for the mastermind.
Senior police officers, directly responsible for the protection of President Moise, are under pressure and have been summoned to court.
Others have speculated about the possible involvement of Haitian security agents in the assassination. This added to the confusion.
On Friday, former Haitian Senator Steven Benoit said on Magik9 radio:President of the Republic [Haiti], Jovenel Moise, was assassinated by his security agents. It wasn’t the Colombians who killed him. Surname [nhân viên an ninh] contracted by the Haitian state.“
On Friday (July 9), police announced that several attackers, including Americans, had been arrested. Three others have been killed, and at least five are still on the run.
Taipei confirmed that several suspects were arrested after breaking into the Taiwanese embassy. Some were presented to the media on Thursday (July 8).
The United States said it was aware of the arrest of the American citizen but declined to comment further.
On Friday (July 9) Colombia said 17 former Colombian soldiers are believed to be involved in the incident. Colombian President Ivan Duque has told Haitian officials that Bogota will cooperate with the country in the investigation.
The attack further destabilized the poorest country in the Americas, already already in a state of insecurity.
Haiti has been plunged into an institutional crisis as President Moise has not held an election since he came to power in early 2017 and the country has been without a parliament since January 2020. President Moise ruled the country by decree.
On Monday, one of Moise’s last acts as president was to appoint Ariel Henry as Haiti’s new prime minister. Henry had not yet taken office when President Moise was assassinated.
Hours after the assassination, Henry’s predecessor, Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced that he would temporarily run the country.
Although the opposition accuses Joseph of seizing power, Helen La Lime, the UN’s special envoy to Haiti, insists Joseph has legal authority because Henry has yet to be formally sworn in. She added that Mr. Joseph will temporarily lead Haiti until the general election to be held later this year is completed. She urged all Haitian parties to put aside their differences after the assassination of President Moise.
Gia Huy (According to CNA)