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Haiti: PM Jouthe Resigns Without Explaining the Reasons

  • Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. | Photo: EFE

Published 14 April 2021

His appointment had not been ratified by the Haitian Parliament since March 2020.

Haiti's Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe Wednesday resigned amid the political and social crisis that has been shaking the country for several months.


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The Prime Minister, who held the position for over one year, announced his resignation on Twitter without explaining the reasons for his decision. 

Shortly after the announcement, President Jovenel Moise informed that Foreign Affairs Minister Claude Joseph will take over as Prime Minister. 

"Jouthe's resignation will allow us to continue the discussions with the opposition to achieve political stability in our country," Moise tweeted. 

On March 2, 2020, Jouthe was named Prime Minister. His appointment, however, was not ratified by the Haitian Parliament as required by the Constitution. Over the last month, he threatened to leave office and submitted a resignation letter to the President without specifying a date. 

"He was always willing to leave. That is why his departure will improve the government's performance," Moise tweeted.

For the past year, Haiti has been going through a severe economic and political crisis which is accompanied by protests demanding Moise's resignation.

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