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Blinken: US Welcomes Formation of Haiti’s Interim Govt.


Wed 21 Jul 2021 | 09:21 AM
Omnia Ahmed

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the formation of Haiti’s interim government is a positive and necessary step.

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“The United States welcomes efforts by Haiti’s political leadership to come together in choosing an interim Prime Minister and a unity cabinet to chart a path forward in the wake of the heinous assassination of Jovenel Moïse,” Blinken said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Haiti's government formally appointed Ariel Henry as prime minister, nearly two weeks after Moïse was gunned down in a murder plot that likely extends far beyond the Caribbean country's borders.

Last Week, Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a Washington Post interview published that he has agreed to step down, handing power to a challenger backed by the international community.

Joseph told the Washington Post that he and Henry, who was appointed prime minister by Moïse two days before the killing but has yet to be sworn in, had met privately over the past week, adding that he agreed to step down on Sunday “for the good of the nation.”

“Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle, or in any kind of power grab,” he said. “The president was a friend to me. I am just interested in seeing justice for him.”