U.S. and Colombia Will Work With Haiti to Investigate Killing of President
The political fault lines in Haiti had been drawn long before President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated this week. For more than a year, the president had been attacking his political rivals, dismantling the nation’s democratic institutions and making enemies of church and gang leaders alike.
Now, days after the killing, a power struggle has burst into the open, with the interim prime minister claiming to run the country despite open challenges by other politicians.
As the fight over who inherits the reins of government plays out in public, analysts say a much more complex — and far less visible — battle for power is picking up speed. It is a fight waged by some of Haiti’s richest and most well-connected kingmakers, eager for the approval of the United States.
How it will all play out is unclear.
Elections have been planned for September, but many civil society groups in Haiti worry that holding them would only sharpen the political crisis. They question whether it would even be feasible to hold legitimate elections given how weak the nation’s institutions have become, and some civil society leaders were expected to meet Saturday to try to devise a new path forward.
Many fear that Haitians themselves may not have much of a say in the matter.