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Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry, 74, resigns after gangs warned of civil war and 'genocid


Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned, following an emergency summit called to address gang-led violence currently occurring in the country.

The 74-year-old head of state tendered his resignation Monday, a week after the growing coalition of gangs warned of civil war if he did not step down.

His resignation was swiftly confirmed by Guyana's president Mohamed Irfaan Ali, the current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The coalition called the emergency meeting as gangs across the Caribbean country continue to unite, shooting up government buildings and foreign embassies.

As a result, thousands have had fled their homes, and locals continue to report the overwhelming stench of the dead. Meanwhile, politicians across the region are scrambling for a solution - one that may now be in sight following Henry's removal.

'We acknowledge his resignation upon the establishment of a transitional presidential council and naming of an interim prime minister,' Ali said, thanking Henry -  who came to power unelected after the assassination of Haiti's previous president -  for his service.

The decision, said to have been made Friday, came shortly before the US deployed Marines to evacuate its embassy as gangs led by former police officer Jimmy 'Barbecue' Cherizier continue to attack state institutions.