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Official mourning begins as nation awaits new leader

- By Danica Coto Danica Coto is an Associated Press writer.

PORTAUPRIN­CE, Haiti — While they await a new leader, Haitians are beginning a series of official ceremonies Tuesday to honor President Jovenel Moise nearly two weeks after he was assassinat­ed at home.

The ceremonies come as designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry prepared to replace interim Prime Minister Claude

Joseph, who assumed leadership of Haiti with the backing of police and the military after the July 7 attack at Moise’s private home. Moise was shot multiple times and his wife was seriously wounded.

Henry is scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday afternoon after promising to form a provisiona­l consensus government to lead Haiti until elections are held.

“We will need this unity to overcome the many challenges that beset us,” Henry said. “Some have observed the latest events with amazement, others wonder with reason about the management of the country.”

The government released the names of Henry’s cabinet, with the ministers of justice, economy, finance, agricultur­e and others keeping their positions.

Haiti elections minister

Mathias Pierre told The Associated Press on Monday that Joseph would step down and cede the position to Henry, who was chosen for the post by Moise shortly before he was killed but had not been sworn in.

The change in leadership comes after a group of key internatio­nal diplomats called on Henry to create a “consensual and inclusive government” in a statement issued Saturday that made no reference to Joseph. The Core Group is composed of ambassador­s from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the U.S., France and the European Union as well as representa­tives from the United Nations and the Organizati­on of American States.

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