Haiti's Interim Prime Minister Garry Conille Hospitalized After Breathing Problems

Garry Conille, Haiti’s new interim prime minister, was hospitalized due to breathing issues. Conille, 58, taken to the hospital Saturday, is currently in stable condition. Interim since May 29, Conille's mandate is to stabilize the country ahead of elections by February 2026. His office provided no details on the cause.

Reuters | Updated: 09-06-2024 08:30 IST | Created: 09-06-2024 08:30 IST
Haiti's Interim Prime Minister Garry Conille Hospitalized After Breathing Problems

Haiti's new interim prime minister, Garry Conille, is in stable condition after being hospitalized for an unspecified illness on Saturday afternoon, his office said.

Conille, 58, who took office just over a week ago, was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing problems, local media reported earlier. His office did not provide details on the cause of his hospitalization. "Following a week of intense activities, the Prime Minister ... had a slight illness on the afternoon of Saturday June 8, 2024 and went to the hospital for treatment," his office said in a statement.

"His situation is stable for the moment," it added. Reuters images showed several ambulances and police officers outside a hospital in a suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince where Conille was reportedly undergoing treatment.

Conille had briefly led the country over a decade ago, and was most recently a former regional director at U.N. children's agency UNICEF. He was named interim prime minister on May 29 by a transition council with the mandate to restore stability and take back control from violent gangs.

The transition council aims to hold elections before Feb. 7, 2026, as laid out in Haiti's constitution, after a series of crises in the country's leadership. President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in 2021, leaving Haiti to this day without a president, while Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned in March this year after he left Haiti to seek support for the Kenyan security mission and was unable to re-enter the country.

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