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Newly-Selected Haiti’s Prime Minister Hospitalized 

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

HAITI’s newly selected prime minister, Garry Conille, was, on Saturday, hospitalized in the capital of Port-au-Prince just days after arriving in the country.

It wasn’t immediately known why Conille was hospitalized.

The office of the prime minister, in a statement obtained by NBC News and made available to Stonix News, said that Conille was feeling slightly unwell “following a week of intense activities.”

It did not provide further details except to say that Conille was stable and that he thanked those who visited him and wished him well.

Louis Gérald Gilles, a member of the transitional presidential council told our source that Conille was at the hospital but unable to provide further information.

A handful of curious onlookers gathered outside the hospital early Sunday as authorities blocked the street with tinted-glass SUVs.

Recall that Conille was chosen as prime minister May 28 after a convoluted selection process.

He faces an arduous task as Haiti’s newest leader, including quelling widespread gang violence as the country prepares for the U.N.-backed deployment of a Kenyan police force, a move that was delayed in part because Haiti lacked a premier after former Prime Minister Ariel Henry stepped down April 25.

Henry was on an official visit to Kenya when gangs launched coordinated attacks Feb. 29, burning police stations, shooting at the country’s main international airport and storming Haiti’s two biggest prisons, releasing more than 4,000 inmates.

The violence left Henry locked out of the country and eventually led to his resignation.

Conille arrived in Haiti on June 1, having worked outside the country until recently as UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, a post he assumed in January 2023.

He previously served as Haiti’s prime minister from October 2011 to May 2012 under then President Michel Martelly.

Conille has been meeting with multiple officials and visiting various parts of Port-au-Prince since arriving, including climbing into an armored vehicle wearing a helmet and flak jacket to go along on a patrol with officers from Haiti’s National Police.

Earlier Saturday, Conille toured Haiti’s main international airport, which recently reopened after gang violence forced it to close for nearly three months.

On Friday, he met with leaders of the private business sector as well as the country’s two telecommunications companies.

Conille also had been meeting regularly with the transitional council as they debated who should be appointed to Haiti’s new Cabinet.

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