The Senate of Haiti appointed this Friday as provisional president of the country to Joseph Lambert, current head of the Upper House, and denies the authority of the interim prime minister, Claude joseph, who with the support of the UN and the United States has been in power since the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.
Lambert reported that his appointment was endorsed by a Senate resolution, signed by eight of the ten senators who are still active, which specifies that Claude Joseph was dismissed from his post last Monday, in the last decree signed by Moise before his brutal murder.
The Senate document establishes that Lambert will assume the leadership of the State until February 7, 2022, the date on which Moise’s term ends, and his first task will be to form a government of “national entente” with the mission of organizing the elections.
It was also reported that within a period of fifteen days after Lambert’s inauguration, an electoral council will be formed in charge of carrying out the convocation of the elections.
The resolution states that Claude Joseph cannot serve as prime minister since last Monday, when Moise appointed Ariel Henry to the post by decree, although he could not be sworn in.
Lambert ratified the continuity of the electoral schedule established before Moise’s death, which entails holding presidential and legislative elections, as well as a referendum to approve a new Constitution.
Haiti asked the United States and the UN to send troops
Beyond the political crisis, Haiti asked the United States and the United Nations to send troops to protect its ports, airport and other strategic sites after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
Elections Minister Mathias Pierre did not rule out the possibility that the armed groups that participated in Moise’s assassination could “destroy some infrastructure to create chaos in the country.”
“During a conversation with the Secretary of State of the United States and the UN, we made this request,” he added.
The State Department and the Pentagon confirmed that they had received a request for “security and investigation assistance” and they said they were in contact with Port-au-Prince, but did not specify whether military troops would be deployed.
Meanwhile, a UN diplomatic source cited by the AFP agency confided that the organization received the request, but that a Security Council resolution is needed to send a contingent.
Washington has already announced that it will send the FBI and other agents to Haiti as soon as possible to investigate the assassination.
The Haitian police are trying to determine who ordered the attack allegedly carried out by an armed squad of 28 people: 26 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin.
Of the total suspects, 15 Colombians and two Americans were arrested, while three Colombians were killed by police and eight others remain at large, Haitian police said.
Senior officials in the Colombian army and police reported that at least 17 former Colombian military personnel are allegedly involved in the assassination.
After communicating with the Haitian Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, Colombian President Iván Duque announced that his country will offer “all collaboration”, including an intelligence mission in Haiti, to find “the material and intellectual authors of the murder.”
The assassination further destabilizes America’s poorest country, ravaged by insecurity, which now lacks a president and an active parliament, as two men claim to be in command and vie for prime minister.
With information from agencies