Joseph Lambert, Haiti provisional president

A group of Haiti senators have backed an agreement that sees Lambert succeed the assassinated Jovenel Moise, with Ariel Henry named as new prime minister.

Iran PressAmerica: A group of Haitian senators declared Senate leader Joseph Lambert as provisional president on Friday.

It comes two days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his home.

Yet, the move has been ignored by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

The United Nations views Joseph as Haiti's legitimate leader until elections are held later this year.

"I'm not interested in a power struggle," Joseph told the Associated Press news agency. "There's only one way people can become president in Haiti. And that's through elections."

The move by the Haitian senators will likely plunge the country further into a constitutional crisis.

Haiti's constitution states Moise should have been replaced by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but he died of COVID-19 recently.


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