The announcement comes as the country grapples with a rise in violence, kidnappings and ongoing fuel shortages.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry has sworn in his new cabinet, more than four months after he assumed leadership of Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

The appointments on Wednesday come as Haiti struggles with a rise in violence, kidnappings and ongoing fuel shortages blamed on powerful gangs that have blocked gas distribution terminals.

“You accepted this under difficult conditions,” Henry told his new cabinet on Wednesday.

He appointed nine ministers to a variety of positions including foreign affairs, economy, justice, education and health.

Among those appointed is Jean Victor Jeneus, who will replace Claude Joseph as the minister of foreign affairs and worship. Joseph briefly served as

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