Throughout his career in Haitian politics, Claude Joseph had often wondered how the prime minister found time to sleep. Then in April 2021, Joseph was thrown into the grueling role when President Jovenel Moïse called him to ask that Joseph take on the job of leading Haiti’s government.
Moïse, Joseph said, had just accepted the resignation of his fifth prime minister in four years, Joseph Jouthe. A man who had attempted to resign about a month before being successful in his second attempt.
Joseph, then the minister of foreign affairs, did not give Moïse his answer right away. But he gave it some thought and then said yes — out of obligation.
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