PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) – Hundreds of Haitians sought comfort in prayers at church services on Sunday as the struggle for political power in the wake of the assassination of President Joanel Moss threatened to further destabilize their weak nation.
Leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches listened to the people quietly and forcefully as concerns about the future increased, and officials did not give answers or theories as to who was the author of the murder committed by the armed group in the early hours of the morning. Wednesday. At the President’s house. First Lady Martin Moss was seriously injured and transferred to Miami for medical attention.
“In the face of this situation, we will not be discouraged … you must stay and fight for peace,” Father Edwin said during a televised sermon, which included a small portrait of Moses: “You will remember Haiti.”
Authorities have detained at least 19 suspects, 17 of them Colombians and two Haitian-Americans. The government says at least three people have been killed and six others injured in what became known as the Cold War. Leading presidential candidates Reginald Poulos and former Senate President Yuri Lottorte have been asked by prosecutors to meet with officials to continue the investigation. Authorities plan to question at least two members of the Moss security force.
Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph is currently leading Haiti with the help of the police and military, but faces more challenges to his authority.
Ariel Henry, who was appointed prime minister by Moss before his assassination, is considered the legitimate prime minister, backed by a group of lawmakers who are members of the Dead Caley party, which Moss joined. The group supports Joseph Lambert, the head of Haiti’s disbanded Senate, as the country’s interim president.
In Haiti, with a population of more than 11 million, there are only 10 officials elected after failing to hold parliamentary elections, prompting Moss to keep the mandate for more than a year until he dies.
Although the streets were quiet on Sunday, officials feared what the future might hold and asked the United States and the United Nations for military assistance.
“We continue to believe that there is a way out,” Haitian election minister Matthias Pierre told the Associated Press.
Associated Press cameraman Gerardo Carrillo contributed to the report.