Haiti’s new transitional council will appoint the next prime minister

By April 17, 2024
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Haiti (MNN) — Haiti has established a new transitional council responsible for choosing the country’s next leadership. The current Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced last month he would resign once the council is formed and appoints a new prime minister and electoral cabinet.

A decree from Haiti’s official state journal says a new prime minister named by the transitional council’s nine members should be inaugurated no later than February 7, 2026. Until then, the council will operate certain presidential powers.

Wikimedia Commons, Ariel Henry

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

This could be a move towards future stability in the crippled country where gangs control 80% of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The gang violence has also shut down the city’s international airport and seaport, disrupting food supply chains.

When asked about the transitional council, Greg Yoder, President of Christian World Outreach, says, “I guess I’m not sure what that means for the future. It seems to be a positive step. We just have to wait and see what’s going to happen. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to make any change quickly, but we can hope that this will be the start of some positive things.”

What you may not know behind the national headlines is that the Gospel is still changing hearts in Haiti.

CWO’s church partners outside of Port-au-Prince report that with every church service, more and more people are giving their lives to Christ.

Yoder says, “One man in particular, his father was a high voodoo priest, and when he died, it was expected that he (the son) would take over that and he rejected it. Now, he’s a leader in one of the churches. So, you know, God is working in people’s lives even though it seems really bad there…. It can seem like a hopeless situation, but there is hope in God.”

Pray for God’s peace across Haiti. Please pray also for the transitional council members to exercise wisdom and discernment as they seek new leadership for the country.

“We ask listeners to pray that God will intervene [and] that somehow He will do a work that we can’t even imagine,” asks Yoder. “We’re praying that this council might be the solution and that at some point, their order will be restored so people can get back to living the lives that they had before.”

Learn more about CWO’s ministry in Haiti.




Header photo of a Port-au-Prince suburb, courtesy of Reynaldo Mirault/Unsplash.

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