Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph to Step Down

Haiti’s Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has agreed to step down and hand power over to his rival Ariel Henry in the coming days amid a lengthy power struggle.

Joseph told The Washington Post in an interview on July 19 that he has agreed to step down “for the good of the nation” after negotiations with Henry.

Joseph had assumed the role since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last July 7.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle, or in any kind of power grab,” Joseph told the newspaper, adding that he was doing so “to honor the last wish of the president.”

Moise had appointed Henry, a 71-year-old neurologist by training, as prime minister two days before his death. However, Henry had not been officially sworn in.

Elections Minister Matthias Pierre said that Henry will now become the prime minister of the Caribbean nation while Joseph will remain as the country’s foreign minister.

Last July 17, the Core Group of international representatives and ambassadors called for Henry to lead Haiti and urged him to form a “a consensual and inclusive government.

The Core Group also urged Henry to organize presidential elections “as quickly as possible.”

Elections are likely to be held 120 days after Henry is sworn in.

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