The future leadership of Haiti is not yet clear, the Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond told CNN, following the overnight assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed leadership of the country in the immediate aftermath of the attack. He has declared a "state of siege" in Haiti, saying he did not want the nation to "plunge into chaos."
Edmond said he doesn't know if there is a timeline or deadline for a formal announcement of succession.
"I will let that to the Haitian authorities and discussion with civil society stakeholders to see how they can move forward with that. So I cannot, I cannot make an estimate on that, but that I know there has been, there is an interim government, or has to control the situation and to make sure that everything's under control," he said.
Haiti's president of the Supreme Court would normally be next in line, but that position is currently empty since its holder, René Sylvestre, recently died of Covid-19. His funeral was due to take place Wednesday.
The president of the National Association of Haitian Judges Judge Jean Wilner Morin told CNN that for Joseph to formally replace the president, he would have to be approved by Haiti's parliament. But the parliament is currently partially empty and effectively defunct.
Complicating the line of succession even further, Moise had appointed another prime minister, Dr. Ariel Henry, just two days ago.
Edmond couldn't say if Henry will remain in his role as new prime minister. He also said it's not clear if the presidential and local elections expected to take place in September will go ahead.
"I cannot tell you nothing right now because I let the authority (in Haiti) to settle down, to make sure that everything is in place. So, it will be able to be carried out, but for I cannot tell you anything," Edmond said.
Edmond also said he wasn't aware of any specific threat to the president's life ahead of the assassination.
"But what I can refer you to, I can refer you to the last interview he gave in January to in Spanish newspaper, where he said that a lot of people want him killed. For his reforms. That's the only thing I can tell you," he said.
More details: Edmond added Haiti has formally requested assistance from the US and is waiting for a response.
"We've been talking with US authorities about this situation. And it's being considered, I don't know exactly how they are considering it, but we did request formally assistance from the United States, one with the investigation, and secondly with the security situation," he said.
Edmond said the UN Security Council is expected to meet on the situation in Haiti on Thursday.
"Hopefully, the UN will take more bold actions to strengthen our security. Because it's really a problem for us now," he said.