The Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, announced on Tuesday that it is underway a dialogue between President Jovenel Moise and other political actors to form a “Government of national unity”.
“Many steps are being taken to achieve a consensus government that will be headed by a prime minister. We are in full dialogue to achieve a Government of national unity, ”Joseph said at a press conference at his official residence.
According to him, this new Government will have to address the two main priorities of the Jovenel Moise administration, which are the holding of a constitutional referendum, next June, and the presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for September.
“The president has started the dialogue process. The next government will have a permanent prime minister with the task of ensuring the continuity of the state, in particular the two major projects that are the constitutional referendum and the elections, ”said Joseph.
The prime minister said that “there are many protagonists who have agreed on the principles of the dialogue” but did not name the actors involved in the talks.
Joseph, who took office last April, also assured that his Government is taking measures to to face the wave of kidnappings that is hitting the country, as well as to reinforce the Police.
Haiti is going through a serious political, institutional and economic crisis, aggravated by a wave of crime that affects the entire population of the country.
The opposition has not recognized the authority of President Moise since last February 7, the date on which they consider that his term ended.
The prime minister reiterated on Tuesday that Moise will remain in office until February 7, 2022, the date on which he will hand over power to his successor, who will be elected at the polls in the elections scheduled for September.