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Haiti's new prime minister hospitalized days after being selected to lead country

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) 鈥 Haiti鈥檚 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.
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Police guard outside the hospital where Haiti's newly selected prime minister, Garry Conille was hospitalized in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, late Saturday, June 8, 2024. Louis G茅rald Gilles, a member of the transitional presidential council that recently chose Conille said he was en route to the hospital and did not have further information. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) 鈥 Haiti鈥檚 , Garry Conille, was hospitalized late Saturday in the capital of Port-au-Prince just days after arriving in the country, the government said.

It wasn鈥檛 immediately known why Conille was hospitalized.

The office of the prime minister said in a statement that Conille was feeling slightly unwell 鈥渇ollowing a week of intense activities.鈥 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.

Louis G茅rald Gilles, a member of the transitional presidential council that recently chose Conille as leader , told The Associated Press that he was at the hospital but unable to provide further information.

A person close to Conille, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, 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.

A spokesman for Conille did not return messages for comment.

AP journalists observed high-ranking officials entering the hospital, including Frantz Elb茅, director of Haiti's National Police. Also present was Bruno Maes, UNICEF's representative in Haiti.

A handful of curious onlookers gathered outside the hospital as authorities blocked the street with tinted-glass SUVs.

Conille was chosen as prime minister May 28 after a convoluted selection process. He faces an arduous task as Haiti's newest leader, including quelling widespread gang violence as the country prepares for the , a move that was delayed in part because Haiti lacked a premier after

Henry was on an official visit to Kenya when Feb. 29, burning police stations, shooting at the country's main international airport and storming Haiti's two biggest prisons, releasing more than 4,000 inmates. The violence left Henry locked out of the country and eventually led to his resignation.

, having worked outside the country until recently as UNICEF鈥檚 regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, a post he assumed in January 2023. He previously served as Haiti鈥檚 prime minister from October 2011 to May 2012 under then President Michel Martelly.

Conille has been meeting with multiple officials and visiting various parts of Port-au-Prince since arriving, including climbing into an armored vehicle wearing a helmet and flak jacket to go along on a patrol with officers from Haiti's National Police.

Earlier Saturday, Conille toured Haiti鈥檚 main international airport, which recently reopened after gang violence forced it to close for nearly three months. On Friday, he met with leaders of the private business sector as well as the country's two telecommunications companies.

Conille also had been meeting regularly with the transitional council as they debated who should be appointed to Haiti's new Cabinet.

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Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Associated Press video journalist Pierre-Richard Luxama contributed to this report.

Evens Sanon And D谩nica Coto, The Associated Press