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Haiti’s acting Prime Minister to step down after President’s assassination

In an interview with the Washington Post published on Monday, Claude Joseph said he would hand power over to Ariel Henry, a 71-year-old neurosurgeon.

Henry will now become prime minister and Joseph will retain his original role as Haiti’s foreign minister, current Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told CNN on Monday. “Negotiations about the composition of the rest of government are still in course, there is no official announcement as of now,” Pierre said. A ministers’ council will be held on Monday afternoon to make final decisions about the new government, Pierre also said. Henry is expected to be installed and the rest of his government announced on Tuesday.

Henry, a by trade, was named prime minister on July 5 by Moise, but was never officially sworn in. Henry has remained quiet during the investigation of Moise’s death. Henry broke his silence late on Sunday night. Henry released an audio statement addressing Haitian citizens and promising a new coalition government. “My fellow Haitians in Haiti and in the diaspora, it is an honor for me to address you as your prime minister. I am calling for all of us to unite and to work together to stop the nation from descending into the abyss,” Henry said.

“Today, it is our responsibility as leaders to work together to faces our challenges. I know some people are scared and have questions about who is leading the country. We weren’t ready for recent events, but I can assure you that in a very short period of time I will unveil a new coalition government. This government will lead the country for a short period of time until we can hold better elections.”

On Saturday, the Core Group — a collection of foreign ambassadors and special representatives based in Haiti which includes the US — called for Henry to be the one to lead. Henry should form a new government and organize presidential elections “as quickly as possible,” the group said in a press statement published by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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