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Govt to resume repatriations to Haiti

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday the government will resume repatriations to Haiti and reopen its embassy there after the country was rocked with political unrest.

“My understanding is that Haiti has settled and we are in discussions now with the Haitian embassy so that we can recommence repatriations, hopefully on Friday,” Minnis said following an event on Grand Bahama.

Last week, the government announced the closure of the Bahamian embassy in Port-au-Prince and a temporary halt of deportations to the country.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted, “Following the required consultations, the diplomatic and consular staff of the Embassy of The Bahamas in Port-au-Prince have returned to the Haitian capital and have resumed their normal diplomatic functions and consular services.

“The ministry will continue to monitor developments on the ground and keep the general public informed of the same, accordingly.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield told reporters outside Parliament that from what his team is seeing, things have quieted down in Haiti.

“The airports are opened,” he said.

“…We had indications that there were no impediments to the airport. We also understand that government offices are opening again, schools are reopening. So things are kind of turning to normal in Haiti and we are comfortable that they are okay.”

Violent protests raged in Haiti on February 7, with protesters calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over corruption allegations and skyrocketing inflation.

Protesters surrounded and stoned the Haitian president’s home, clashed with police in the streets, blocked roads and set cars and tires ablaze, among other things.

Reports indicated that several people were killed and many others injured.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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