Haiti’s political future turned grim on Sunday after the unexpected return of First Lady Martin Moise, who was discharged from a hospital in St. Miami where she was treated for injuries sustained in the attack in which the president was killed.
Martina Moise did not make any public statements after she descended in a private jet in a black dress, black body armor, black face mask and black bandage on her right arm as she mourned President Jovenel Moise, who was killed on July 7 at their private home.
Some experts – like many in this country of over 11 million people – were surprised at how quickly she reappeared in Haiti and wondered if she plans to get involved in the country’s politics.
“The fact that she is back could mean that she intends to play a role,” said Laurent Dubois, a Haiti expert and professor at Duke University. “She can intervene in one way or another.”
Martina Moise arrived hours after a well-known group of international diplomats issued a statement that seemed to avoid interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the man who is currently running the country with police and military support.
Joseph’s name was never mentioned in the statement made by the main group of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, USA, France, USA. European Union and representatives United Nations and the Organization of American States.
The group called for the creation of a “consensus and inclusive government”, adding: “To this end, it strongly recommends that Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry continue his mission to form such a government.”
Henry was appointed prime minister the day before the assassination of Jovenel Moise. He did not respond to requests for comment.
The UN, OAS and the US Department of State provided no further explanation when contacted.
Given the current state of Haitian politics, Dubois believes the arrival of Martin Moise could have an impact.
“She’s obviously in a position to play a role … given how widespread things are,” he said, adding that Core Group’s statement is startling because it doesn’t refer to Joseph. “The question arises whether the course of the investigation is connected with this. They are all puzzle pieces that change from moment to moment. Now it is very difficult to figure out how to connect them. “
Authorities in Haiti and Colombia say at least 18 suspects directly linked to the murder have been arrested, most of them former Colombian soldiers. At least three suspects have been killed and police say they are looking for many more. Colombian authorities said most of the former soldiers were tricked into not knowing about the assassination conspiracy.
A day after the assassination, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Joseph held the position and was acting prime minister before the assassination: “We continue to work with Claude Joseph as such,” he said.
On July 11, a delegation from various US agencies visited Haiti to inspect critical infrastructure, speak with the Haitian National Police, and meet Joseph, Henry and Haitian Senate President Joseph Lambert at a joint meeting.
The deepening political tower prompted dozens of Haitians to visit the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince in recent days I have applied for a visa or political asylum.
“We can’t stay in the country any longer,” said Jim Kenneth, a 19-year-old who would like to study medicine in the United States. “We feel very insecure.”