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Haiti's Prime Minister Gerry Konile discharged from hospital after treatment for undisclosed condition

Haiti's newly appointed Prime Minister Gerry Conille was discharged from hospital on Sunday. Spend a night in treatment for an unknown condition.

In a video published on YouTube, Konile said he was feeling well and was ready to help lead the country out of the current security crisis by forming a government that would also prioritise issues such as health care.

In his video, Konil said: “When I was in the hospital, I kept thinking about one thing: people who should go to the general hospital cannot go there (due to widespread violence). People who need healthcare cannot afford it.”

Conille Arrived in Haiti He was removed from office after a transitional council elected him as the country's new prime minister on June 1. He was working outside the country as UNICEF's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new Prime Minister has a difficult task ahead of him; he has to suppress the rebellion. rampant gang violence This has helped lift Haiti out of poverty, where inflation has reached a record 29%, according to the latest available data.

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Haiti's Prime Minister Garry Conille delivers a speech in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on June 03, 2024.

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In recent years, gangs that control at least 80% of Port-au-Prince have driven more than 360,000 people from their homes, and they control major routes from the capital to Haiti’s northern and southern regions, often disrupting the transport of vital goods.

Konil's predecessor, Ariel Henry, was forced to resign in April while he was on an official visit to Kenya after gangs took over police stations, raided prisons and opened fire at the country's main international airport.

The Haitian government is now awaiting the deployment of UN-backed police forces from Kenya and other countries.

A person close to Konil, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that he was with the prime minister when he noticed Konil had trouble breathing. Konil suffers from asthma and sometimes uses an inhaler. The person said he called higher officials to tell them Konil needed to be taken to the hospital.

Conley appeared in good spirits in the video released Sunday, where he was wearing a purple shirt and speaking against a backdrop of trees and bushes.

“I hope that by the beginning of next week we will form a government,” he said. “I am doing everything possible so that we can get out of this crisis.”


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