US investigators arrive in Haiti to help Moise’s murder case

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A team of US Government investigators arrived in Haiti to help investigate the murder of President Jovenel Moïse.

According to the The New York Times, the White House and the Pentagon are still reviewing the Haitian Government’s request, which requested military aid to the United States and the United Nations.

The aim is to ensure security in strategic locations, for fear that vital infrastructure such as ports, airports, oil terminals and the transport of petroleum products would be the target of disturbance.

However, to Fox News, John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, announced that a team of FBI agents and Department of Homeland Security officials will help with the crime investigation.

“I think this is where our energies are best applied right now,” he said.

The US daily writes that a team of seven US officials – from the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Transportation Security Administration, FBI investigators, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security – have arrived this Sunday to Haiti.

“I don’t know if we’re at a point where we can definitely say that our national security is being jeopardized by what’s going on there. But it is evident that we value our Haitian partners. We value stability and security in that country,” added Kirby.

Lusa also advances that a US delegation landed in Port-au-Prince to meet with the three politicians vying for power in Haiti.

A diplomatic source confirmed to EFE that the North American delegation’s trip had taken place, but did not clarify the respective agenda, nor whether sessions with those in the line of succession, such as the interim prime minister, are being considered. Claude joseph, the senator Joseph Lambert and the prime minister appointed, Ariel Henry.

On Saturday, the Haitian Senate named Lambert, current head of the upper house, as interim president of Haiti and denied the authority of Joseph, who has been in power since Wednesday.

The resolution was signed by eight of the 10 active senators and calls for Lambert to assume the position of head of state until February 7, 2022, the date on which his predecessor’s term ended, aiming to create a Government with the mission of organizing elections.

In its recitals, the resolution states that Claude Joseph has not been able to exercise the functions of prime minister since Monday, when Jovenel Moïse appointed, by decree, Ariel Henry, who was not sworn in due to the death of the former president.

After the murder, Claude Joseph was placed in charge of the Government, supported by the police and the army, and received explicit support to exercise these functions from the United Nations (UN), the United States and other countries.

The Senate is the only body in the country with elected officials, but since January 2020 this legislative chamber has no decision-making powers due to the lack of a quorum.

The Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate should have been renewed in 2019, but the elections were postponed due to the political instability that the country was going through at the time, which led to the closure of the legislature.

The assassination of the Haitian president, who was killed in his home, further destabilized the poorest country on the American continent and led the Haitian government to declare a state of siege for a period of 15 days.