July 31, 2021

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Joseph to resign as interim prime minister of Haiti

Haiti’s Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph gave a press conference on July 13, 2021. Photo: Reuters.

Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has led Haiti since the July 7 assassination of President Joanne Moyes, will resign and hand over power to Ariel Henry. Election Affairs Minister Matthias Pierre confirmed to Efe this Monday.

Henry was appointed prime minister two days before Moyes’ death, but he was never included in office.

According to the press, Joseph said he would stand aside “for the good of the nation.” “Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this war (dispute for government) or any acquisition,” the official said.

Joseph’s resignation marks the end of a controversy between the officer and Ariel Henry, a 71 – year – old neurosurgeon who was appointed prime minister of Mosul two days before the assassination.

Earlier, Joseph, who is also the foreign minister, argued that Henry had no right to take over the administration of Hais because he had not accepted the post before Moss’ assassination.

(With information from EFE and RT)

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Haitian President Jovnell Moss has been assassinated

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