Haiti’s interim prime minister says he will step down

Since the assassination of President Giovinel Moise, Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister, said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Monday that he has agreed to step down and transfer power to Challenger supported by the international community.

This announcement seemed to end the power struggle between Joseph and Ariel Henry. The 71-year-old neurosurgeon was appointed prime minister by Moise two days before his death, but had not yet been sworn in.

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A group of important international diplomats, including the Canadian ambassador, appeared to be neglecting the interim leader of Haiti, urging the designated prime minister to form a government after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. 3:33

On July 7, when an assassin armed with an assault rifle attacked Moise’s private residence on the hill above Port-au-Prince, Moise was killed. This assassination plunged the already troubled country into chaos, gang violence surged, thousands of people and hindered the economic activities of the poorest countries in the Americas.

Joseph told the Washington Post that he and Henry met privately in the past week, adding that he agreed to step down “in the interest of the country” on Sunday.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle or any form of power grabbing,” Joseph said.

“The President is my friend. I just want to get justice for him.”

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