Joseph Lambert, leader of Haiti’s Senate, vie for power


A few days after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, a very dangerous battle for control of the country ignites, and the President of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, is among those vying for power.

Although the Haitian parliament is in a dysfunctional state – with only 10 senators out of 30 due to the expiration of the terms of the other 20 – the majority of the remaining lawmakers on Friday signed a resolution calling for a new government to replace current interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph. They announced that Mr. Lambert, who also has the support of several political parties, should become interim president.

“He appears to be quite politically intelligent,” said Lainec Horbon, a Haitian sociologist and researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, of Lambert.

Mr. Lambert, 60, from Jacmel, in southern Haiti. An agronomist by training, he is a seasoned politician who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1995, before winning a seat in the Senate in 2006. He is currently in his third term as Senate President.

Mr Hurbon said Mr Lambert was initially close to the Haitian party Tèt Kale, whose name means “Bald Headed”, which supported Mr Moïse as well as his predecessor Michel Martelly. But Mr. Herbon said Mr. Lambert had always been able to come to terms with the other parties.

In 2019, Mr. Lambert, who was bypassed for prime minister, announced that he would join the opposition against Mr. Moss, according to the newspaper. novelist. With Mr. Lambert’s ascension to the Senate presidency in January, he criticized Moss’ policies, but also said he wanted to collaborate closely with the president to devise solutions to the country’s problems.

“He always knows in dangerous and difficult situations like this, to make the right speech and thus seduce the people,” Mr. Herbon said of Mr. Lambert, adding that he was surprised to see such a large coalition of opposition parties supporting Mr. Lambert’s bid for power.

Friday’s Senate resolution said Mr Lambert must become interim president until January, when a new parliament will be elected. She also said Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon, should replace Mr. Joseph, the current interim prime minister.

Lilas Deskeron, Haiti’s minister of culture from 2001 to 2004, said Lambert was a “skillful politician” and was very popular among civil servants.

“He’s someone who plays for himself but plays very smart,” she said.

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