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New Haitian Transition Council Takes Office, but Long Road Awaits

Former Prime Minister Ariel Henry formally resigns after nearly three-year rule marked by escalating violence; transition council to decide on a new prime minister, prepare for elections

Haiti’s new transitional presidential council was sworn in Thursday, opening the way for the creation of a caretaker government that aims to restore order in a Caribbean nation besieged by deadly gang violence.

The nine-person council, made up of seven voting members and two observers representative of Haitian political parties and civil society groups, was inaugurated at Port-au-Prince’s National Palace. Police in camouflage and carrying assault rifles guarded the building, which has recently been under attack from gangs.

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