PM Joseph Jouthe Resigns, Replaced by Foreign Minister Claude Joseph

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After a year and one month in the post, Joseph Jouthe (center) resigned as Haiti’s Prime Minister on Apr. 13 by letter to de facto President Jovenel Moïse (right). He was replaced by Foreign Minister Claude Joseph (left).

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Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe stepped down in a letter addressed to de facto President Jovenel Moïse on Tue., Apr. 13, 2021.

“I regret to tender to you my resignation as Prime Minister for personal reasons,” the letter read. “This decision is effective from the date hereof .”

Jouthe had threatened to quit at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Wed., Mar. 10, but Moïse had not agreed. At the meeting, Secretary of the Council of Ministers Rénald Lubérice and Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent publicly denounced the Prime Minister for how he was responding to Haiti’s runaway insecurity.

his Mar. 10 threat to resign was a reaction of emotion and pride at being publicly criticized by his government’s subordinates.

It appeared that his Mar. 10 threat to resign was merely a reaction of emotion and pride at being publicly criticized by his government’s subordinates.

But this time, it looks like an irreversible decision, coming at a time when the government is in a very difficult political situation.

Even the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), Washington’s front-man in Haiti supporting Moïse’s plans to hold a Constitutional referendum followed by national elections, is becoming sterner.

“At this stage, the process is not sufficiently inclusive, participatory, or transparent,” the BINUH tweeted in French on Apr. 13. “National ownership of the draft constitution requires the engagement of a wider range of political, societal, including women’s and religious groups across the country.”

Given the government’s increasing unpopularity and isolation, this is an almost impossible task.

It should also be noted that during a press conference at his official residence on Mon., Apr. 12, Jouthe Joseph had publicly confessed his dissatisfaction with his government’s fight against insecurity. He should have said his incapacity to fight it.

Jouthe was appointed to his post on Mar. 4, 2020 and has been replaced by Claude Joseph, Haiti’s Foreign Minister.

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