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Haiti in Transition: Navigating Political Change and Security Challenges

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Haiti has been plunged into further chaos with the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry amidst escalating violence and the emergence of gang leader ‘Barbecue’ as a significant power player. The recent developments highlight the challenges facing the nation and the urgent need for stability and security.

After weeks of mounting chaos and attacks by gangs on government structures, Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced his resignation, stating that Haiti needs peace and stability. His government will leave power after the establishment of a transitional council, which will pave the way for a peaceful transition of power and the laying of foundations for elections in the country.

The establishment of the transitional council, composed of seven voting members and two non-voting observers, is seen as a step towards a new beginning for Haiti. The council will be responsible for choosing and appointing a new prime minister and an impartial electoral council. It will exercise certain presidential powers until a new president-elect is inaugurated, which must take place no later than February 7, 2026.

However, the road ahead is not without challenges. The country has been plagued by violence and instability for years, exacerbated by the recent wave of highly coordinated gang attacks. The attacks have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and have made the capital, Port-au-Prince, a dangerous and volatile place.

The international community has also stepped in to help. The United States has pledged $300 million to a Kenyan-led multinational security mission to restore security in Haiti, while also providing an additional $33 million in humanitarian assistance. CARICOM has welcomed the establishment of the transitional council and has pledged to support Haiti as it determines its future.

As Haiti navigates this new reality, it is crucial that all stakeholders work together to ensure a peaceful transition of power, restore security and stability, and address the humanitarian crisis facing the country. The road ahead will be challenging, but with determination and international support, Haiti can overcome its challenges and build a better future for its people.

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