Amid political crisis, Haiti appoints new prime minister

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    Haiti has a new Prime Minister after two weeks of uncertainty following the assassination of its president.

    The death of Jovenel Moise led to a power struggle.

    Now, following international pressure, Ariel Henry has emerged as the troubled nation’s new leader.

    The 71-year-old neurosurgeon and former cabinet minister says he plans to meet representatives of various sectors of society in the coming days to build a political consensus to address the problems Haiti faces.

    Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph first appeared to be in charge following the brazen attack on Moise but has since stepped aside to allow Henry to take the reins.

    Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports.

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    In This Story: Haiti

    Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress.

    Jean-Jacques Dessalines (later Emperor Jacques I), defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces and declared Haiti’s sovereignty on 1 January 1804.

    Haiti became the only state in history established by a successful slave revolt. Apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all of Haiti’s first leaders were former slaves.

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