New prime minister takes office today in Haiti, after the resignation of the interim


O Haiti will have this tuesday, 20, a new government led by Ariel Henry as prime minister – whom President Jovenel Moise had named two days before he was assassinated -, thehad the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, agree to step down from power, “for the good of the country”.

The agreement ends a power struggle between the two men, who have been vying for international and domestic support for their claims to the position, and neutralizes a turbulent political crisis in the Caribbean country since the president’s assassination, on the 7th.

Joseph claimed that Henry, a 71-year-old neurosurgeon, had not yet been sworn in for the position and had no right to be the interim leader. Shortly after Moise’s assassination, Joseph declared himself in charge of the country and declared a state of emergency.

The power struggle has sparked a political crisis that has confused constitutional experts and diplomats worried about a broad social collapse that could spark violence or drive Haitians to flee the country en masse, as they did after natural disasters, coups or other periods of profound instability .

Joseph’s decision was made amid pressure from foreign countries, including the United States, which has long exerted enormous influence in the country. Over the weekend, Henry’s claim was supported by ambassadors from Brazil USA, Germany, Canada, Spain, France, European Union, as well as the Special Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the HIM-HER-IT. In a statement, the group on Saturday called for “the formation of a consensual and inclusive government”.

“For this purpose, (the group) earnestly encourages Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form this government,” added the ambassadors.