US Names Special Envoy To Help Haiti Recover, Organize Elections

Marielle Moise speaks during the funeral for her brother, slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, on July 23, 2021, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, the main city in his native northern region. Moïse, 53, was shot dead in his home in the early hours of July 7. PHOTO: Valerie Baeriswyl / AFP

 

The United States announced on Thursday it has named a special envoy to help Haiti get back on its feet after its president’s assassination and work toward holding long-overdue elections.

The envoy is veteran foreign service officer Daniel Foote, who has served before as deputy chief of mission in Haiti and as the US ambassador to Zambia.

Foote will lead America’s “efforts to support the Haitian people and Haiti’s democratic institutions in the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Jovenel Moise,” the State Department said.

Foote, it added, “will engage with Haitian and international partners to facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections.”

Members of the media cover the funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, on July 23, 2021, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, the main city in his native northern region. Moïse, 53, was shot dead in his home in the early hours of July 7. PHOTO: Valerie Baeriswyl / AFP

 

Moise was assassinated in his residence on July 7, plunging the Caribbean country wracked by poverty, corruption, political instability, and gang violence further into crisis.

The last prime minister named by Moise, Ariel Henry, took power Tuesday with a promise to restore order and organize elections as sought by the international community.

Moise, 53, had ruled Haiti by decree after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of multiple disputes, including on when his own term ended. Haiti has no working parliament now.

Haitian authorities, with the help of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, are still investigating the murky motives for Moise’s assassination.

More than 20 people, many of them retired Colombian military personnel, have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Haitian police have accused a Haitian doctor with ties to Florida, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, of being a mastermind of the assassination plot and having “political objectives.” He is among those under arrest.

The US exerts strong influence over Haiti, which it occupied militarily from 1915 to 1934.

But President Joe Biden has so far turned down a Haitian request to send US troops to secure key infrastructure sites in the chaotic aftermath of the assassination.

AFP

Nigeria Restates Commitment To Ensuring A Stronger, More Robust African Union

yemi osinbajo vice president of nigeria on Nation's commitment to African UnionNigeria will continue to work together with other African countries to ensure that the African Union becomes a stronger and more robust organisation for the benefit of the continent and its people, the Vice President of Africa’s biggest economy, Yemi Osinbajo, has said.

Professor Osinbajo, who is at the moment the acting President, spoke on Monday while receiving a Special Envoy from President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, at the Presidential Villa.

According to the Vice President, “it is important for Africa to always put the best foot forward. We will continue to work together with the President of Djibouti to make AU (African Union) stronger and more robust”.

The Special Envoy, Ahmed Cheick Moumin brought a message addressed to the Nigerian President, regarding Djibouti’s interest in one of the positions up for contest in the AU elections scheduled for later this month, seeking Nigeria’s support.

The Djibouti’s Presidential Special Envoy, who is also the country’s Justice Minister, stated that his country was requesting that Nigeria should consider supporting its candidate for Deputy Chairman of the African Union Commission, and expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for the hospitality he and his delegation had enjoyed since their arrival.

Responding, Professor Osinbajo welcomed the Special Envoy, noting that Nigeria and Djibouti do enjoy “very good diplomatic relationship over the years,” and also expressed appreciation to the President of Djibouti for the country’s support of Nigeria in various international platforms.

He assured him that the Nigerian government would consider the candidate, observing that the position is one that has to be occupied by the right person. The Vice President then sent warm greetings to the President of Djibouti.

 

Good Neighbourliness Essential For Security Of African Countries – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari says that recent developments have made it more important than ever before for Nigeria and other African nations to close ranks and work together against terrorism.

Speaking at a meeting with a Special Envoy of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, President Buhari said that since terrorism no longer respects national borders, the international community must urgently evolve and implement more effective collaborative measures to enhance global security.

“Good neighbourliness is essential for the security and economic development of African countries.

“Terrorism no longer respects borders. Therefore, we must keep on improving joint measures and actions against terrorism and other trans-border crimes.

“It was with this necessity in mind that I visited all of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries immediately after my assumption of office and we will continue to do our best to strengthen regional and international cooperation against terrorism,” the President said.

The Special Envoy, Mr Agapito Mba Mokuy, told President Buhari that the security of Nigeria was very important to the entire West African region.

Mr. Mokuy, who is also Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said that President Mbasogo was impressed by the progress Nigeria was making, under President Buhari’s leadership, towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency.

He delivered an invitation from President Mbasogo for President Buhari to visit Equatorial Guinea at his earliest convenience.

Buhari Commends Guinea-Bissau On Resolving Political Crisis

Muhammadu-Buhari-Obama-visitPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commended President Jose Mario Vaz and the people of Guinea-Bissau for the peaceful resolution on the recent political crisis that left the country without a government for 37 days.

The president also applauded the laudable role played in the resolution of the crisis by his Special Envoy, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was also adopted by ECOWAS as the regional body’s Special Envoy on the political dispute in Guinea-Bissau.

President Buhari while welcoming President Jose Mario Vaz’s acceptance of solution to the recent political crisis proffered by Chief Obasanjo, he also congratulates Mr. Carlos Correia on his emergence as the new Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau.

He has advised all stakeholders in the development and progress of Guinea-Bissau to desist from any further actions that can jeopardize the stability of the country and its democratic future.