From Clashing Weapons to Relative Calm: Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Saturday, March 23 | Ariel Henry | Latest News from Around the World

From Clashing Weapons to Relative Calm: Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Saturday, March 23 | Ariel Henry | Latest News from Around the World

This Saturday in the capital of Haiti started with clashes between police and armed gangs but eventually transitioned to relative calm for the remainder of the day. The government extended the curfew in the Department West until next Tuesday as part of the state of emergency declared on March 6.

Despite this, the transitional presidential council did not make progress in its meeting on Saturday. There was discussion about whether all nine members should have the right to vote, leading to the postponement of the meeting to Monday. Several neighborhoods in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince experienced violence from armed gangs, causing disruption of activities and clashes with police.

The interim prime minister of Haiti, Michael Patrick Boisvert, extended the curfew in the Western Department until Tuesday, prohibiting movement of people except for essential services. Law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce these measures and arrest violators. The council tasked with overseeing the presidential transition in Haiti faced challenges in determining voting rights for its members, delaying progress in the formation of the entity.

The council’s goal is to elect an interim prime minister, set conditions for free and fair elections, and uphold the rule of law in the country. Prime Minister Ariel Henry pledged to resign once the council is formalized and begins its work. The situation in Haiti remains tense, with ongoing clashes between authorities and armed groups, leading to casualties and disruptions in daily life.

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