Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Joseph says he will resign

Washington — Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti on behalf of the Prime Minister since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, resigned in an interview with the Washington Post released on July 19 and is an international community.

The announcement appears to end the power struggle in the Caribbean between Joseph and Ariel Henry, 71-year-old neurosurgeons who were appointed Prime Minister by Moise two days before the killing, but have not yet been sworn in.

Moise was fatally shot when an assault rifle-armed attacker attacked his private residence on the hill above Port-au-Prince. The assassination is in the midst of a surge in gang violence that has disrupted already-problematic countries, expelled thousands of people, and hampered the economic activity of the poorest countries in the Americas.

Joseph told The Washington Post that he and Henry met personally last week, agreed to resign “for the country” on July 28, and were ready to transfer power “as soon as possible.” ..

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not interested in this fight or any kind of power gain,” Joseph said.

“The president was a friend to me. I am only interested in seeing justice for him.”

Haiti, a country with a population of about 11 million, has struggled to achieve stability since the collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986 and has been engaged in a series of coups and foreign interventions.

On July 17, an important core group of international ambassadors and representatives urged “a comprehensive consensus-based government formation.”

“For this purpose, we strongly encourage the designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government,” the group said. ..

The core group consists of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France and the European Union, as well as special representatives of the United Nations and US organizations.

The group also called for “free, fair, transparent, credible legislation and presidential elections as quickly as possible.”

A Colombian police chief said on July 16 that a former Haitian Justice Ministry official may have ordered an assassination, citing a preliminary investigation involving Haitian Americans and former Colombian soldiers.

Martine Moise, the widow of the assassinated president, returned to Haiti for a funeral on July 17, after being treated at a Miami hospital for being injured during the attack.

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