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Haiti's interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph (R) and Ariel Henry, tapped by late Haitian President Jovenel Moise to be the new prime minister just days before he was assassinated, attend the official memorial services for Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

To Erick Pierre-Val, a pastor based in Delmas, Port-au-Prince, the past month has felt like the calm before the storm. It’s a “time of uncertainty,” he said, as leadership changes and the country’s institutions recover. 

“We don’t know exactly what the new government is going to do,” Pierre-Val said. “Now is the time, according to some Haitian people, to sit down together, find a Haitian solution.”

Since the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the international community has recognized new leadership for the country and demands elections, while civil society continues to press for a seat at the decision-making table. Meanwhile Haiti’s judicial sector, tasked with bringing the assassins to justice, remains under-resourced and crippled by long-standing political interference, legal experts have said.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.