Haiti’s Efforts to Restore Order: What to Expect and Be Cautious About

Haiti has recently announced the formation of a new government in an effort to combat the escalating gang violence that has plagued the nation for months. The new cabinet, appointed by the transitional government council, has completely replaced all ministers from the former government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was pressured to resign earlier this year by powerful gangs.

The appointment of Garry Conille as interim prime minister and interior minister marks a significant step towards political stability in Haiti. However, the challenges ahead are immense, as gang leaders still control large parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and refuse to acknowledge the authority of the transitional council.

Despite the recent reopening of the country’s international airport and the promise of a UN-backed security force led by Kenya, the situation remains dire. Gangs have been accused of widespread violence, including killings, sexual abuse, and control over critical resources like food and water. The United Nations described the situation in Haiti as “cataclysmic,” with over 1,500 people killed and 800 injured in the first three months of 2024.

While the formation of a new cabinet is a positive development, it is essential to remain cautious about the challenges that lie ahead. The lack of recognition from gang leaders, the delayed deployment of international support, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis are all reasons for concern. It is crucial to monitor the situation closely and support efforts to restore peace and stability in Haiti for the well-being of its citizens and the region as a whole.