Haiti’s political future became questionable on Sunday after the sudden return of first lady Martin Mosse, who was released from a hospital. miami where he was treated for injuries following an attack in which the president was assassinated.
Martine Mosse made no public statement when she disembarked from a private jet wearing her right arm in a black dress, a black bulletproof vest, a black face mask and a black sling as she mourned for President Jovanel Mosse. who was killed on 7 July. His private house.
Some experts – such as many in this country of more than 11 million people – were surprised at how quickly she reappeared in Haiti and questioned whether she plans to engage in the country’s politics.
“The fact that she returned may suggest that she intends to play some role,” said Laurent Dubois, Haiti expert and Duke University professor. “She can intervene one way or another.”
Martin Mosse arrived just hours after a leading group of international diplomats issued a statement that appeared to shun interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the man who is currently running the country with the support of the police and military.
Joseph’s name was never mentioned in a statement made by a core group made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the US, France. European Union and representative of United Nations and the Organization of American States.
The group called for the creation of “a consensual and inclusive government”, adding, “To this end, it strongly encourages designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government.”
Henry was named prime minister the day before Jovenel Mosse was assassinated. He did not respond to requests for comment.
When contacted, the United Nations, OAS and the US State Department did not provide further explanation.
Given the current state of Haitian politics, Dubois said he believes the arrival of Martín Mosse may have had an effect.
“He is clearly in a position to play a role … given how open things are,” he said, adding that the core group’s statement is striking because it makes no reference to Joseph. “One must wonder whether the developments in the investigation have anything to do with it. These are all puzzle pieces that are changing moment by moment. Right now it seems so hard to figure out how to put these together.”
Officials in Haiti and Colombia say at least 18 suspects directly linked to the murder have been arrested, most of them former Colombian soldiers. At least three suspects were killed and police say they are looking for several others. Colombian officials have said that most of the former soldiers were deceived and were not aware of the assassination plot.
A day after the assassination, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Joseph was in office and had been acting as acting prime minister before the assassination: “We continue to work with Claude Joseph,” They said.
On July 11, a delegation of representatives from various US agencies traveled to Haiti to review critical infrastructure, speak with the Haitian National Police, and meet Joseph, Henry and Haitian Senate President Joseph Lambert in a joint meeting. .
Deepening political turmoil has prompted dozens of Haitians to visit the US embassy port au prince To seek visa or political asylum in the recent past.
“We can’t live in the country anymore,” said Jim Kenneth, a 19-year-old who wants to study medicine in America, “we feel so insecure.”