In a statement released on Saturday, the Core Group called for the creation of a “consensual and inclusive government” in Haiti, which, long before Moise’s murder, had seen a rise in gang violence and political instability. .
“To this end, he strongly encourages the Prime Minister designate Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government,” read the press release.
The Core Group is made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union and representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
The group also demanded that “all political, economic and civil society actors in the country fully support the authorities in their efforts to restore security.”
The assassination of Moise on July 7 worsened the already unstable political situation in Haiti, as the constitution of the Caribbean nation does not know who should take over and the president had ruled by decree for over a year amid several institutions. missing states.
Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph ruled the country with police and military backing despite Moise announcing his replacement a day before the president was killed.
Joseph and his allies argue that the designated successor, Henry, was never sworn in, despite pledging to work with him and with Joseph Lambert, the leader of Haiti’s inactive Senate.
Leading civil society activists have said any solution to the current crises facing the country must be Haitian-led. Many have rejected pressure from the United States and the UN to hold a general election later this year, saying continued instability makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections.
Haitian journalist and activist Monique Clesca rejected the Core Group statement on Saturday.
“It’s interference,” Clesca wrote on Twitter. “Worse, this is being done while civil society and political parties come together to decide the way forward!
Civil society and Haitian political groups have formed a commission to try to find a Haitian solution to the crises, and Clesca mentionned earlier on Saturday people were meeting to work out a draft agreement.
Once again, Core Group which takes itself for #HaitiThe ruler of, rather than being silent, is now siding with Ariel Henry in forming a government.
Worse, it is done while civil society and political parties come together to decide the way forward!#Persona non grata
– Monique Clesca (@moniclesca) July 17, 2021
Magali Comeau Denis, former Haitian Minister of Culture and Communications and spokesperson for the commission, told the American news program Democracy Now! last week that Haiti was in “an extra-constitutional situation”.
Comeau Denis declared that the commission aims to “create a broad consensus among all sectors of the population to propose a Haitian solution” to the crises. “There is no other legal response to this exceptional situation,” she said.
Robert Fatton, a Haitian political expert at the University of Virginia, said the Core Group statement is very confusing, especially after the UN representative said Joseph was in charge. “No more confusion in a very confusing and confusing situation,” he told The Associated Press.
Also responding to the statement, Emmanuela Douyon, executive director of the Haitian think tank Policite, said that “we must pay attention to their refusal to wait for the outcome of the political conference”.
“They bypass this initiative by turning to Ariel Henry. Warning! ” it tweeted.
Jake Johnston, associate senior researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC and expert on Haiti, also said the Core Group statement was “a snub to parts of the opposition, who released a statement. opposing Henry yesterday, and civil society commission, which meets today ”.
The Core Group statement is not intended to snub Claude Joseph, who had already agreed, perhaps reluctantly, to join Henry’s government. It’s a snub to some parts of the opposition, which issued a statement opposing Henry yesterday, and the Civil Society Committee, which is meeting today.
– Jake Johnston (@JakobJohnston) July 17, 2021
Meanwhile, questions persist about the motive for Moise’s assassination as well as who commissioned it.
Haitian authorities accused a group of mercenaries, including 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, of having opened fire on the president and his wife, Martine Moise, in the early hours of July 7 at their home in the capital, Port-au -Prince.
Eighteen of the Colombians have been arrested, five are on the run and three have been killed.
Haitian police said last week they arrested the suspected mastermind of the operation, a 63-year-old Haitian living in the US state of Florida named Christian Emmanuel Sanon.
Colombian police chief General Jorge Vargas also said on Friday that former Haitian justice ministry official Joseph Felix Badio may have ordered the murder. Badio was not immediately reached for comment, and his whereabouts were unclear.
Moise’s funeral is scheduled to take place on July 23 in Cap-Haitien, a city in the north of the country.
Frantz Exantus, Secretary of State for Communication of Haiti, tweeted Saturday that Moise’s widow, Martine Moise, who was seriously injured in the attack and treated in the United States, returned to Haiti to prepare for the funeral.