Interim Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph agrees to step down

20:18, 19 July 2021
Interim Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph agrees to step down Photo: aviationtribune.com

Interim Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph, who has led the Republic since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, has agreed to step down, handing over power to a challenger in a bid backed by the international community to stabilize the situation, The Washington Post reported.

Joseph gave an interview to the newspaper. There will be no President of Haiti, and the new government's mission is to organize general elections as soon as possible.

Joseph’s resignation, which will be effective on Tuesday, forms part of a broad political agreement aimed at providing stability and the scheduling of presidential elections in about four months, Haiti’s Elections Minister Mathias Pierre said.

A neurosurgeon Ariel Henry, who was appointed Haiti’s PM a day before the President's assassination, will take office, and Joseph will become Haitian Foreign Minister.

Last week foreign ambassadors to Haiti from the US, Canada, and some European countries urged Henry to form a new government.

Haiti is in turmoil since Haitian president Jovenel Moise was shot to death in his residence on July 7, the First Lady Martine Moise was wounded. A total of 26 Colombians are suspected of the killing. Moise had tapped Henry to replace Joseph as PM in the days before his assassination.