After receiving his blessing from the President of the Republic, Jovenel Moïse, the new Prime Minister, Joseph Jouthe, officially took office, during a ceremony held at the National Palace. Jouthe is the fifth Prime Minister chosen by Moïse. He has taken the full measure of the current crisis in the country stating, “The situation is serious. We are living today in a precarious socio-economic situation which could lead at any time to a humanitarian disaster. Our country is dying.” In his speech on the occasion, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe also called for a truce.
“Leave the country in peace,” he says. “The political leaders are all my friends. Give me a truce, I don’t want any more disorder in the country. Whether moderate or radical opposition, they are all my friends. I will not betray my friends but leave me in peace.” He presented the three axes around which his government action will be articulated:
With regard to the first axis, Joseph Jouthe promised to continue, maintain and strengthen the fight against insecurity which, according to him, was initiated by the outgoing Prime Minister. In this sense, he promised to accompany the police. “The PNH is a special force that deserves special treatment,” he said.
Regarding the reduction of social inequalities, Joseph Jouthe announced that his government will help the most vulnerable with concrete measures. While promising to fight against corruption and smuggling, he claims to be able to bet on four strategic institutions: the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI), Customs, the National Police of Haiti (PNH) and the armed forces of Haiti ( FAD’H) to boost the recovery of the economy.
The President of the Republic sees this new government as a major positive change in the governance of the country. Developing a budget is its primary requirement for this new government. “We have to work with financial partners, especially the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to have a new budget. It is by this budget that we will judge your government,” he said. The last national budget has not been made for 2 years.
The United States, which has positioned itself as an unconditional ally of President Jovenel Moïse, has supported the government. “The United States is ready to work with the new government of Haiti and its Prime Minister,” said the American embassy in a tweet. “The United States urges the Haitian government to respond to the needs of the Haitian population by urgently addressing questions related to public security, the revival of economic growth and the organization of free, fair and credible legislative elections as soon as it is technically possible to.”
We hope that the addition of the new Prime Minister will be the light at the end of the tunnel that we all have been praying for.