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Gang violence in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince flared up sharply this winter. This photo was taken in the Champ de Mars area earlier this month. Photo: Ramon Espinosa / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 29.05.2024 02:03:00

Policy: A member of the transitional government tells the Reuters news agency that Conille won the vote to become the country’s interim prime minister by six to one votes. The last one belonged to a member who is currently not in the country and therefore did not vote, reports the AP news agency.

Since January last year, Conille has been regional director for the UN children’s fund Unicef ​​in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ariel Henry resigned in March as the country’s prime minister after enormous pressure from the powerful criminal gangs. He had ruled the country since President Jovenel Möise was killed in 2021.

One month ago, former senate leader Edgard Leblanc became head of the transitional government, and he functions in practice as the country’s president. Leblanc confirms the choice of Conille on his account at X.

Haiti has not held elections since 2016.

Conille takes over from Michel Patrick Boisvert, who became interim prime minister when Henry resigned.

Gang violence in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince flared up sharply this winter, leading to a humanitarian crisis on top of a long-running political crisis. Over 2,500 people were killed or injured in gang-related violence in Haiti in the first three months of the year, a UN report shows.

Garry Conille, who has also worked as a development expert at the UN, was approved by the National Assembly as Prime Minister in October 2011. Many hoped then that he could speed up the reconstruction of the country after the huge earthquake the year before. He submitted his resignation in February 2012.

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