Martine Moïse, wife of assassinated president, returns to Haiti

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Martine Moïse, the wife of the assassinated President of Haiti who was injured in the July 7 attack on their private home, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday after being released from a Miami hospital.

His arrival was not announced and surprised many people in the country of more than 11 million people still in shock at the assassination of Jovenel Moïse during a raid involving, according to the authorities, Haitians, Haitian-Americans and former Colombian soldiers.

Martine Moïse disembarked from the flight at Port-au-Prince airport wearing a black dress, a black bulletproof vest, a black face mask and her right arm in a black scarf while she slowly descended the steps of what seemed like a private plan one by one. She was greeted by Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and other officials.

In this May 23, 2018 file photo, assassinated President Jovenel Moise, left, and former First Lady Martine Moise, in red, receive Spanish Queen Letizia Ortiz at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday May 23, 2018 (AP)
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In this May 23, 2018 file photo, assassinated President Jovenel Moise, left, and former First Lady Martine Moise, in red, receive Spanish Queen Letizia Ortiz at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday May 23, 2018 (AP)

Earlier this week, she tweeted from the Miami hospital that she couldn’t believe her husband, Jovenel Moïse, was gone “without saying a final word,” she wrote. “This pain will never pass.”

On Friday, government officials announced that Jovenel Moïse’s funeral would take place on July 23 in the city of Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti and that his wife should attend.

She came hours after a key group of international diplomats appeared on Saturday to snub the man who currently runs Haiti by urging another politician, the Prime Minister-designate, to form a government following the murder of Moïse.

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Joseph ruled Haiti with police and military support despite Moïse announcing his replacement a day before the president was killed.

Joseph and his allies argue that the designated successor, Ariel Henry, was never sworn in, despite pledging to work with him and with Joseph Lambert, the leader of Haiti’s inactive Senate.

The statement was released by the Core Group, made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union and representatives of the United Nations and the United Nations. Organization of American States.

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The group called for the creation of a “consensual and inclusive government”.

“To this end, he strongly encourages the Prime Minister designate Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government,” the group said.

U.S. officials could not immediately be reached for comment. A UN spokesperson declined to comment except to say that the UN is part of the group that issued the statement. Meanwhile, an OAS spokesperson only said the following: “At the moment, there is nothing more to say than what the statement says.”

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Henry and Joseph’s spokespersons did not immediately return the messages for comment.

The group also demanded that “all political, economic and civil society actors in the country fully support the authorities in their efforts to restore security”.

Robert Fatton, a Haitian political expert at the University of Virginia, said the statement is very puzzling, especially after the UN representative said Joseph was in charge.

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“No more confusion in a very confusing and confusing situation,” he said.

The question of who should take over was complicated by the fact that Haiti’s parliament did not function because a lack of elections meant that the terms of most members had expired. And the President of the Supreme Court recently passed away from Covid-19.

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A day after the assassination, US State Department spokesman Ned Price noted that Joseph was the incumbent and was acting prime minister before the assassination: “We continue to work with Claude Joseph as such, ”he declared.

On July 11, a delegation of representatives from the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the National Security Council visited Haiti. They reviewed critical infrastructure, spoke with the Haitian National Police, and met Joseph, Henry and Lambert in a joint meeting.

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