Ariel Henry

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Ariel Henry
Ariel Henry conference.jpg
Acting President of Haiti
Assumed office
20 July 2021
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byClaude Joseph (acting)
23rd Prime Minister of Haiti
Assumed office
20 July 2021
PresidentHimself (acting)
Preceded byClaude Joseph (acting)
Minister of Social Affairs and Labor
In office
11 September 2015[1] – 28 March 2016
PresidentMichel Martelly
Jocelerme Privert (acting)
Prime MinisterEvans Paul
Fritz Jean
Preceded byVictor Benoît[1]
Succeeded byJean René Antoine Nicolas[2]
Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities
In office
22 January 2015 – 11 September 2015
PresidentMichel Martelly
Prime MinisterEvans Paul
Preceded byRéginald Delva
Succeeded byArdouin Zéphirin[1]
Personal details
Born (1949-11-06) 6 November 1949 (age 72)
Political partyInite
EducationUniversity of Montpellier

Ariel Henry (born 6 November 1949) is a Haitian politician and neurosurgeon. He is the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Haiti of Haiti since 2021. Henry is also the acting President of Haiti. He was the Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities from 2016 until 2021.

Prime Minister[change | change source]

On July 5, 2021, he was selected as the next Prime Minister by President Jovenel Moïse. Two days later, the president was assassinated.[3][4] At the time, then-Prime Minister Claude Joseph took control of the government. On 19 July 2021, Joseph announced that he would resign as prime minister to support Henry.[5] Henry was sworn-in as the prime minister on 20 July.[6][7]

Role in Moïse's assassination[change | change source]

In September 2021, an investigation into Moïse's assassination named Henry as a suspect.[8] He was banned from leaving the country while the investigation is going on.[9] As a result, he fired investigators in the Moïse assassination inquiry.[10] Some prosecutors are seeking murder charges on Henry.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Évans Paul installe trois nouveaux ministres et un secrétaire d'État". Le Nouvelliste (in French). 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  2. "Haïti - FLASH : Le Gouvernement est installé". (in French). 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  3. "Ariel Henry Appointed Haiti's New Prime Minister". Retrieved 2021-07-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. News, Latin America (2021-07-06). "Haitian president appoints new prime minister". The Rio Times. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  5. CNN, Caitlin Hu, Natalie Gallón, Matt Rivers and Etant Dupain. "Haiti's acting prime minister to step down amid power struggle after president's assassination". CNN. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  6. "Haiti's acting prime minister to step down amid power struggle after president's assassination". France 24. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  7. "Strife-torn Haiti gets new prime minister". BBC News. 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  8. Coto, Dánica; Sanon, Evens (15 September 2021). "Haiti faces fresh instability as PM comes under scrutiny". Associated Press. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  9. "Haiti PM Ariel Henry banned from leaving country amid murder inquiry". BBC News. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  10. Hu, Caitlin; Dupain, Etant (14 September 2021). "Haiti Prime Minister orders firing of top prosecutor in presidential assassination case". CNN. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. "Haiti prosecutor seeks charges against PM in president's killing". Al Jazeera. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.