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Dr. Claude Joseph – Former Haitian PM Blocked From Entering The Country – New York Carib News – NYCaribNews

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The former interim prime minister of Haiti, currently considering running for president, has been denied entry into the Dominican Republic, escalating tensions between the two countries that share the island of Hispaniola.
Twelve Haitian gang leaders are also prohibited from visiting the Dominican Republic due to the Wednesday decree against Claude Joseph that President Luis Abinader signed. After Jovenel Mose, the country’s president was assassinated on July 7, 2021, Haiti has become more unstable.
On Thursday, Joseph applauded Abinader’s ban.
“He ranks me as enemy No. 1 of the Dominican racists. It is not a sanction. It’s an honor. I receive it in the name of fathers Dessalines, Toussaint and Christophe,” He tweeted about the revolutionary leaders of Haiti.
The newest dispute between Joseph and Dominican authorities is Abinader’s directive, which gives the president the authority to forbid anyone from entering the country if they have a criminal record or pose a threat to national security.
With the support of the police and the military, Joseph, who was serving as the foreign affairs minister at the time Mose was killed, briefly assumed the position of prime minister.
Nearly two weeks after Mose was killed, Ariel Henry took office as Haiti’s prime minister, and Joseph returned to his previous position as minister of international affairs. After a contentious exchange with Dominican officials in response to a tweet Joseph sent in November 2021 suggesting that the Dominican Republic wasn’t a secure place, he resigned.
Officials in the Dominican Republic reacted angrily to the accusation, and relations between the two nations have since deteriorated. This is especially true given the rise in Haitian migrants entering the Dominican Republic to escape increasing poverty and the rise in gang-related kidnappings and murders since Mose’s assassination.
A rise in xenophobic and racist events against Haitians and people born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian parents has also been brought on by the surge of migrants.
Abinader declared in February 2022 that his administration would erect a costly, 118-mile (190-kilometer) wall along the Haitian border. After stating before the UN General Assembly that  “there is not and will never be a Dominican solution to the crisis in Haiti,” Abinader issued a warning months prior to the declaration.
Since leaving his position as minister of foreign relations last year, Joseph has criticized Haiti’s prime minister more frequently on social media and demanded answers from the ongoing investigation into Mose’s death.
 
He just established a new political party called Committed to Development with the intention of standing for president in yet-to-be-determined elections.
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