Since the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse 12 days ago, the acting prime minister of Haiti has agreed to step down under diplomatic pressure and hand over power to rivals.
Claude Joseph tell The Washington Post said on Monday that he would cede power to Ariel Henry, who was appointed prime minister by Moise two days before his death, but did not take the oath of office.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle or any form of seizure of power,” Joseph told the newspaper. “The President is my friend. I just want to get justice for him.”
Haitian Election Minister Matthias Pierre confirmed the news, saying that Joseph will return to his previous work as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He said the new government will be sworn in as early as Tuesday.
The 71-year-old surgeon Henry reiterated his requirements for the work of the prime minister in a recording released on Sunday. He described the assassination as a “coup”, vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, and praised the “political maturity” of the Haitian people.
A few days ago, Joseph decided to step down. A few days before, a group of foreign ambassadors and envoys who immediately supported him after the assassination appeared to have changed their strategy and supported Henry.
In a statement, the so-called “core group”-including representatives of the United States, France, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Canada, the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organization of American States-emphasized the need for “consensus and inclusive government” to be governed by ” Appointed Prime Minister Ariel Henry” to form. They encouraged Henry to continue “entrusting him with the mission of forming such a government.”
Moses Murdered An assault team rushed into his private residence on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince and fired 12 rounds at him. His wife Martin was seriously injured in the attack and flew to Florida for treatment.
Over the weekend, she returned to the Caribbean country before her husband’s funeral, which was scheduled for Friday.
The assassination put Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, into trouble, Plunge into deeper chaos Politicians, business leaders and powerful gang leaders are fighting for power amid escalating violence and terrible food and fuel shortages. Moise’s widow accused her late husband’s domestic opponents of organizing the killing for political and commercial reasons.
Joseph has urged the United Nations and the United States to intervene by sending troops to help guard critical facilities, but international powers are cautious about deep involvement in Haiti, which has been struggling to find stability after decades of political turmoil and repeated natural disasters.