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Haitian PM survives weekend assassination attempt

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on November 26, 2021.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on November 26, 2021.

HAITI: Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in an interview on Monday that he was targeted in an assassination attempt during weekend National Day celebrations.

“An attempt has been made against me personally. My life has been put in the crosshairs,” said Henry, who has been de-facto running the country since the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Clashes between police and armed groups erupted on Saturday during official celebrations in the city of Gonaives, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the capital Port-au-Prince, where Haiti’s declaration of independence was signed over 200 years ago.

The events come weeks after groups of citizens and members of armed gangs in Gonaives had violently expressed their opposition to Henry’s visiting their city.

“I knew I was taking a risk,” Henry said in a telephone interview. “We cannot let bandits from any background, driven by the lowest financial interests, blackmail the state,” he said.

Haiti’s former President Jovenel Moise was assassinated six months ago in the private Presidential residence.

– FRANCE 24

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – 01:00











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