Haiti: Ariel Henry to replace Claude Joseph as new Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister of Haiti - Ariel Henry, would take charge of the Caribbean island. Henry was assigned as PM by late President Jovenel Moïse before he was assassinated.

Haiti: The new Prime Minister of Haiti – Ariel Henry, would take charge of the Caribbean island. Henry was assigned as PM by late President Jovenel Moïse before he was assassinated.

Ariel Henry would replace the interim Prime Minister of Haiti – Claude Joseph, and is yet to be sworn.

In an audio recording, Henry pointed to himself as the next prime minister. He further called for unity during the time when the Caribbean island suffered political chaos and stated that he would soon announce the members of government to lead the nation until elections took place.

Following the statement, he cited, “I present my regards to the people of Haiti who have predicted political maturity in the face of what can be considered as a coup. Our Haitian brothers have given peace a chance while leaving the possibility that the truth could one day be restored.”

Seeing the country’s current situation, he further added that the responsibility now resides on the shoulders of the national leaders to walk together in unity towards the same goal to show that they are responsible.

The political turnover followed a statement on Saturday from a critical group of international diplomats that appeared to ignore Joseph as it called for the creation of a consensual and inclusive government. Regarding this, the Core Group asserted, “To this end, it strongly encourages the preferred Prime Minister Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government.”

The Core Group comprises ambassadors from nations such as Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the U.S., France, the European Union and representatives from the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

On Monday, a statement was issued by the UN declaring on Joseph, Henry and other national stakeholders to set aside differences and engage in constructive dialogue on ways to end the current impasse.

The UN cited that the interim PM Joseph and the designated PM Henry made significant progress in the past week. It supports dialogue to find minimal consensus for holding fair legislative and presidential elections.