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The Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, will leave office and there will be a new Government | International


Claude Joseph, Acting Prime Minister of Haiti, during a press conference on July 11.
Claude Joseph, Acting Prime Minister of Haiti, during a press conference on July 11.VALERIE BAERISWYL / AFP

Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has led Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, will resign on Tuesday and hand over power to Ariel Henry, according to the Minister of Election Affairs, Mathias Pierre. Henry had been appointed prime minister two days before Moïse’s death, but was never invested in the position.

Joseph, meanwhile, will resume his post as Haiti’s foreign minister and a new government in the Caribbean country is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

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Last April, President Jovenel Moïse had appointed Joseph, until then Minister of Foreign Affairs, as a key man in his Cabinet with the aim of curbing the wave of kidnappings and urban crime. However, the assassination exacerbated the situation of uncertainty in the country. Although Henry had been officially appointed, Joseph was serving on an interim basis. The Constitution establishes that in the event of the death of the president, the Council of Ministers, headed by the prime minister, exercises executive power until the election of a new ruler. The presidential and legislative elections are called for next September 26, with the announcement of this Monday, it will then be Henry who assumes power until the elections are held.

Ariel Henry, who will assume the position of Prime Minister of Haiti, in an image of his social networks.
Ariel Henry, who will assume the position of Prime Minister of Haiti, in an image of his social networks.

This weekend, representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) urged Ariel Henry to form a new government. In a statement they expressed their desire for “all political, economic and civil society actors in the country to fully support the authorities” in organizing “free, fair, transparent and credible elections as soon as possible” and in the reestablishment of safety.

Henry was appointed on July 5 as prime minister, but was never investigated in office. Following the death of Moïse, his name was disputed for power along with that of Claude Joseph and Joseph Lambert, president of the Senate.

Joseph had received on Saturday Martine Moïse, the widow of President Jovenel Moïse, upon his return to Haiti for the president’s funeral. The First Lady was injured during the murder of her husband and was recovering in a Florida hospital. While the preparations for the funeral for next July 23 are being coordinated, the investigations of the judicial authorities are progressing. So far, 24 Colombian ex-military men have been identified as material perpetrators, of which 18 hitmen were captured by the Caribbean authorities, three were killed in police operations and another three are fugitives.

The investigations also indicate the participation of members of the CTU Security company, whose manager is the Venezuelan Antonio Intriago, from which the hit men were recruited and the involvement of the Worldwide Capital company, owned by the Ecuadorian Walter Veintemilla, in the purchase of the airline tickets.

At least two ex-military men have met with the doctor Emmanuel Sanon, detained as the alleged instigator of the assassination, and with the former official of the Ministry of Justice of Haiti, Jospeh Badio, who gave the order to the Colombian ex-military to assassinate President Jovenel Moïse, according to with the director of the Colombian police, Jorge Luis Vargas. “In a meeting with Badio and another person named Askard,” the former Colombian soldiers Duberney Capador (killed) and Germán Rivera were informed that they were supposedly going to arrest the president, he said.

While the details of the assassination are gradually known, the Colombian consular authorities hope to travel to the island to learn about the judicial situation of the ex-military involved and to repatriate the bodies of the three killed.

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