Jovenel Moise
President of the Senate Jospeh Lambert [middle] sitting next to the late Haitian President Jovenel Moise [right].

Haiti’s Senate on Friday proclaimed Joseph Lambert, the president of the legislative body, as Haiti’s provisional president via a resolution in a bid to replace assassinated leader Jovenel Moïse.

"I understood the Senators' resolution," Lambert posted on his Twitter account after the proclamation. "I express my humble gratitude to the political institutions that support me. I sincerely thank them. I hope to meet many others to reopen the path of alternation essential to democracy."

The Senate’s proclamation is almost sure to raise questions, if not outright resistance, because Moïse dissolved parliament in January 2020. The parliament makes up the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Lambert, 59, was elected as president of the Senate, the upper house of the parliament, in January 2021.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.