Simply days after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, a high-stakes battle for management of the nation is heating up, and the president of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, is amongst these jockeying for energy.
Though the Haitian Parliament is in a state of dysfunction — with solely 10 sitting senators out of 30 as a result of the phrases of the opposite 20 have expired — a majority of the remaining lawmakers on Friday signed a decision calling for a brand new authorities to exchange the present interim prime minister, Claude Joseph. They declared that Mr. Lambert, who additionally has the assist of a number of political events, ought to change into provisional president.
“He appears to be fairly clever politically,” Laënnec Hurbon, a Haitian sociologist and researcher on the French Nationwide Middle for Scientific Analysis, stated of Mr. Lambert.
Mr. Lambert, 60, is from the town of Jacmel in southern Haiti. An agronomist by coaching, he’s a seasoned politician who was elected to the decrease home of Parliament in 1995, earlier than profitable a seat within the Senate in 2006. He’s at present in his third time period as president of the Senate.
Mr. Hurbon stated that Mr. Lambert had initially been near the Haitian Tèt Kale Celebration, whose identify means “Bald Headed,” which supported Mr. Moïse in addition to his predecessor Michel Martelly. However Mr. Hurbon stated that Mr. Lambert had at all times managed to ingratiate himself with different events.
In 2019, Mr. Lambert, who had been handed over for the place of prime minister, introduced that he was becoming a member of the opposition to Mr. Moïse, in line with the newspaper Nouvelliste. As Mr. Lambert rose to the Senate’s presidency in January, he criticized Mr. Moïse’s insurance policies but in addition stated that he wished to cooperate carefully with the president to plan options to the nation’s issues.
“He at all times is aware of in perilous, tough conditions like this one, to make the proper speech and due to this fact to seduce the individuals,” Mr. Hurbon stated of Mr. Lambert, including that he had been shocked to see such a big coalition of opposition events backing Mr. Lambert’s bid for energy.
The Senate’s decision on Friday stated that Mr. Lambert ought to change into provisional president till January, when a brand new parliament is elected. It additionally stated that Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon, ought to substitute Mr. Joseph, the present interim prime minister.
Lilas Desquiron, tradition minister in Haiti from 2001 to 2004, stated that Mr. Lambert was “a talented politician” who was extremely popular amongst civil servants.
“He’s somebody who performs for himself however performs with quite a lot of intelligence,” she stated.