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Ariel Henry to become Haitian PM and will form new government in aftermath of Moise assassination

HAITI’S interim prime minister Claude Joseph is set to step down and a new government will be formed led by Ariel Henry, an official said on Monday.

After days of talks it was agreed that Mr Henry will take up the post of prime minister while Mr Joseph will return to government as Haiti’s foreign minister.

The new government will not have a president, and will be tasked with organising elections “as soon as possible.”

The move ends weeks of uncertainty following the assassination of president Jovenel Moise in his Port-au-Prince home on July 7 at the hands of a hit squad.

Mr Joseph initially insisted that he was in charge of the country and imposed a state of emergency. But Mr Henry had been chosen as the country’s new prime minister by Mr Moise, though had not been sworn in at the time of his killing. The country had no functioning government: Mr Moise had dissolved parliament in January and was ruling by decree.

As well as presidential and local elections, Haiti had been due to hold a constitutional referendum in September that had already been twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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