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Claude Joseph

Acting prime minister of Haiti

Claude Joseph
Acting President of Haiti
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterHimself (acting)
Preceded byJovenel Moïse
Acting Prime Minister of Haiti
Assumed office
14 April 2021
PresidentJovenel Moïse
Himself (acting)
Preceded byJoseph Jouthe
Succeeded byAriel Henry (Designate)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship
Assumed office
4 March 2020
Prime MinisterJoseph Jouthe
Himself (Acting)
Preceded byBocchit Edmond
Personal details
Political partyIndependent
Education

Claude Joseph (French pronunciation: ​[klod ʒozɛf]) is a Haitian politician who is the interim prime minister of Haiti since 14 April 2021. Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July 2021,[1] Joseph in his capacity as interim prime minister is the de facto political leader in charge of the country, though his official status is legally unclear.[2] He will lead Haiti until the 2021 Haitian general election has been held and completed.[3] Joseph also serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship since 4 March 2020.

Career

Joseph holds a doctorate in public policy from The New School in New York, and worked as a university professor in the United States. He has taught at the University of Connecticut and Long Island University.[4]

On 4 March 2020, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe.[5]

Acting Prime Minister of Haiti

After the resignation of Jouthe, he was appointed interim prime minister by President Jovenel Moïse on 14 April 2021.[6] Joseph was to have been succeeded in this role by Ariel Henry.[7]

On 7 July 2021, President Moïse was assassinated and First Lady Martine Moïse was injured during an attack at their residence in Pétion-Ville. Joseph assumed political control of the government,[2] and blamed the attack on "a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke in Spanish and English."[8] At the moment, Joseph stated that he is in control of the country.[9][10] The legal succession to the presidency is unclear.[11]

The United Nations special envoy for Haiti, Helen La Lime, said on 8 July 2021 that Joseph will lead Haiti until an election is held later this year, urging all parties to set aside differences following the assassination of Moïse.[2][12]

References

  1. ^ Merancourt, Widlore; Faiola, Anthony; Berger, Miriam (7 July 2021). "Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at his home by unidentified gunmen". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "The assassination of Haiti's president: What happened, and what could be next". Global News. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Haiti's prime minister to lead country until election following president's assassination: UN | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Le Ministre des Affaires Étrangères et des Cultes" (in French). Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Nouveau Premier ministre en Haïti nommé après la démission du gouvernement". www.20minutes.fr (in French). Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Haiti president appoints Claude Joseph as new premier". www.aa.com.tr. Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  7. ^ Charles, Jacqueline (5 July 2021). "A neurosurgeon with a public health portfolio is Haiti's newest prime minister".
  8. ^ "President Jovenel Moïse Assassinated by mercenaries". Haiti Libre. 7 July 2021. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  9. ^ Dupain, Etant; McCluskey, Mitchell; Paget, Sharif; Picheta, Rob (8 February 2021). "Haitian opposition picks interim leader as row over President's term limit intensifies". CNN. Archived from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  10. ^ Porter, Catherine; Santora, Marc (7 July 2021). "After the killing of Haiti's president, the threat of further political violence escalates". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  11. ^ CNN, Etant Dupain, Gerardo Lemos, Ivana Kottasová and Caitlin Hu. "Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated in attack on his residence". CNN. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Haiti's prime minister to lead country until election following president's assassination: UN | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Jouthe
Prime Minister of Haiti
Acting

2021–present
Succeeded by
Ariel Henry
Designate
Preceded by
Jovenel Moïse
President of Haiti
Acting

2021–present
Incumbent
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