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Haitian interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph speaking in a news conference on July 16 in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Valeire Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph told the Washington Post on Monday that he will step down from the role, which had seen him serve as de facto leader of Haiti in the wake of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination earlier this month.

Why it matters: Joseph's decision to step down, which he said was “for the good of the nation," may resolve the leadership crisis set off by Moïse's death.

  • Joseph will be succeeded by Ariel Henry, who was appointed as prime minister by Moïse two days before his assassination.
  • Joseph previously claimed that Henry, who is backed by the international community, did not have the right to act as interim leader because he had not yet been sworn into the job when Moïse was killed.

What they're saying: "Everyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in this battle, or in any kind of power grab,” Joseph told the Post's Anthony Faiola. "The president was a friend to me. I am just interested in seeing justice for him."

The big picture: Joseph's decision to step down comes after the Core Group, an informal bloc of diplomats that includes representatives of the U.S., called on Henry to "continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government" — appearing to withdraw its support for Joseph.

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Jul 17, 2021 - World

International group of diplomats undermine Haiti's acting leader

Haitian Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph speaks during a press conference on July 16 in Port-au-Prince. Photo: VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP via Getty Images

Diplomats making up the international Core Group, which includes the United States, called on Ariel Henry, the man slated to succeed Jovenel Moïse, to form a new government in Haiti, according to a statement released on Saturday.

Why it matters: Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed the acting presidency following Moïse’s assassination though he and Henry are two of four who have claimed such power, underscoring the depth of the country’s democratic and political crisis.

Landlords mount legal challenge to Biden admin's new eviction moratorium

President Biden at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A group of landlords and real-estate companies issued a legal challenge on Wednesday night in a D.C. district court to the Biden administration's new national eviction moratorium.

Driving the news: The Alabama and Georgia Associations of Realtors' emergency motion argues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order Tuesday barring evictions for most of the U.S. through Oct. 3 exceeds the CDC's powers, according to a statement from the National Association of Realtors.

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U.S. Olympic beach volleyball duo one step away from realizing gold medal dream

April Ross and Alix Klineman of Team USA celebrate after the play against Team Cuba during the Women's Round of 16 beach volleyball on day ten of the Tokyo Games. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Alix Klineman and April Ross are guaranteed to earn at least an Olympic silver medal after defeating Switzerland 2-0 in the Tokyo Games on Thursday morning local time.

Of note: It's the latest chapter in an enduring partnership, driven by past failures and bound by future aspirations.