(CMR) As a struggle for power continues in Haiti, Claude Joseph, the prime minister who took control of Haiti's government following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, is set to step down. He will be replaced by Ariel Henry.
A new government with Henry at the helm will take office on Tuesday and will be tasked with organizing fresh elections “as soon as possible,” said a government official said.
Henry was reported tapped by Moise to replace Joseph as prime minister days before the president was shot dead on July 7.
However, following his assassination, Joseph declared a “state of siege” and took charge of the country which had no working parliament.
Claude Joseph and Ariel Henry had been reportedly holding a number of working meetings that will lead to the formation of an inclusive government with Ariel Henry as Prime Minister, an official told AFP.
Joseph will return to his former post as foreign minister in the new government, which will be installed on Tuesday, the official said.
The official also noted that there will be no president of the republic and that the mission of this new government will be to organize general elections as soon as possible. Presidential, legislative, and local elections have been due for some time.
Moise had ruled Haiti by decree after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ended.
A constitutional referendum is also expected in September after it was twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.