New upheaval erupted in Haiti’s government on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Ariel Henry removed his justice minister and a top official resigned, claiming he couldn’t serve a premier who was suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moise.
According to a statement published in Haiti’s official gazette, Henry replaced Justice Minister Rockfeller Vincent with Interior Minister Liszt Quitel, who will be in charge of both positions.
Renald Luberice, the secretary general of Haiti’s Council of Ministers for more than four years, resigned when new evidence emerged linking Henry to a former justice ministry official who investigators say is one of the major suspects in Moise’s assassination.
Prosecutors claim phone records show the two spoke twice about 4 a.m. on July 7, just hours after Moise, 53, was gunned down by heavily armed assassins at his home.
Henry has denied any participation in the murder, but he has not responded directly to the phone calls, and on Tuesday he removed Haiti’s chief prosecutor, who had sought to prosecute him as a suspect and prevent him from leaving the country.