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New Haiti Government Sworn In

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has officially resigned, and a new transitional council has been sworn in, amid a period of escalating gang violence that has claimed over 1,500 lives so far this year in the Caribbean nation. Economy and Finance Minister Michel Patrick Boisvert will act as the interim prime minister.

The nine-member transitional council representing different political parties and civil and faith groups was set up by Haitian leaders, a 15-member intergovernmental Caribbean organization, and the US. It is tasked with forming a new cabinet, appointing a provisional electoral commission before the 2026 elections, and establishing a national security council. 

The country's escalating gang violence intensified after a coordinated attack in February, which saw a mass jailbreak and Henry agreeing to resign last month. Haiti has not held an election since 2016 and armed gangs are said to control about 80% of the capital. See previous write-up here.

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