Gunfight prevents ex-Senator of Haiti from taking the presidential oath of office

Former Haitian Senate speaker Joseph Lambert was unable to take the oath of office because of a shootout outside the parliament building. The Senate had intended to elect Lambert as the country’s interim president.

It is reported that the shooting prevented him from entering the building, and the swearing-in ceremony was disrupted, The New York Times reported on September 14.

According to the newspaper’s source, Western diplomats had previously warned Lambert against taking office as acting president in the absence of “national consensus.”

Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that the Haitian prosecutor’s office has demanded that Prime Minister Ariel Henri be named a defendant in the case of organizing the assassination of the republic’s president, Jovenel Moise.

On July 7, Moise was fatally wounded during an attack on his residence. Among those detained in connection with the assassination of the president are U.S. citizens who said they had no intention of killing the president, they were only acting as interpreters. According to them, the assassination of the Haitian leader was ordered by a foreigner, Mike.

After the death of Jovenel Moise, a political crisis erupted in the state.