June 10, 2024

Prime minister of Haiti taken to the hospital

Haiti's newly-elected prime minister has just been taken to the hospital. 

The Associated Press reports:

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

At the time of this writing, it remains unclear why exactly Conille has been hospitalized.

But, it does appear as though he has run into some health problems recently.

Here's what we know so far:

Haiti's office of the prime minister has released some details about Conille's situation.

The Associated Press reports:

The office of the prime minister said in a statement 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.

The outlet goes on to quote "A person close to Conille, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media." This individual has provided more details on Conille's health.

The Associated Press reports:

[This annonymous source] told AP that he was with the prime minister when he noticed Conille, who he said is asthmatic and sometimes uses an inhaler, appeared to have trouble breathing. The person said he called high-ranking officials and told them Conille needed to be taken to the hospital.

This information, though, has yet to be confirmed.


Conille was just named Haiti's prime minister on May 28. He faces some serious difficulties.

"Conille, who assumed office May 28, 2024, faces daunting challenges amid Haiti’s turmoil. He aims to address the rampant gang violence and prepare for a U.N.-backed Kenyan police force’s deployment, delayed by political instability," The Daily Caller reports.

It adds, "His leadership follows the abrupt end of Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s tenure in April 2024, which was marked by significant security breaches by gangs during an official trip to Kenya. Regional violence forced the closure of airports, forcing him to send a recorded video of his resignation from Puerto Rico . . . Henry signed his resignation letter in Los Angeles.

At the time of this writing, it appears that Conille remains in the hospital.

The Associated Press reports that it has "observed high-ranking officials entering the hospital." Among those who have done so are Louis Gérald Gilles, a member of the transitional presidential council, Frantz Elbé, director of Haiti’s National Police, and Bruno Maes, UNICEF’s representative in Haiti.

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