Canada, the United States and their allies discuss aid to Haiti during a virtual meeting

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Trudeau said Haiti needed to rebuild, and one of his ministers announced additional aid of C$50 million ($39 million).

“The increase in violence only worsens the already precarious humanitarian situation. We must work together to restore stability and protect the security and well-being of the Haitian people,” Trudeau said.

“This will require immediate action to mitigate the violence and support the Haitian National Police.”

Trudeau said deep governance issues are fueling the crisis in a country where delayed elections have left many vacancies.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said clashes between gangs have made aid deliveries difficult.

The murder of Moïse complicated an already fragile political situation in Haiti.

He had ruled by decree for more than a year after dissolving a majority of parliament in January 2020 amid delayed legislative elections.

Opponents, meanwhile, claimed Moïse’s own term should have ended in February 2021, while he insisted it would continue until February 7 this year – the fifth anniversary of his inauguration. , which had been delayed by the controversy over his election.

Shortly before his death, Moïse had hired current interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry for the job and many observers believe Henry’s term should also end on February 7, although he is not expected to step down. to this date.

Many parts of Haitian civil society are calling for agreements that would allow for consensual leadership of the country while waiting to renew its institutions through elections – although various factions differ on what the agreement should contain.

Henry tweeted on Friday that he wanted the democratic institution to return to normal functioning and hand over power to elected officials as soon as possible, adding that the transitional bodies will be officially installed in the coming days. including the Provisional Electoral Council.

He also acknowledged the dire situation in Haiti.

“There is an urgent need to address these issues and find lasting solutions,” he wrote. “I am convinced that the root cause of such a situation lies mainly in the abject poverty in which a significant part of our population lives.”

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