Thursday, February 25, 2021

Security Council: Haitian President pleads his case at the UN


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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assured the UN Security Council on Monday that “democracy was doing well in Haiti” despite the political crisis, an assertion rejected by the United States who demanded “to put an end to (his ) policy by decree ”.

Archive image of Jovenel Moïse.

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During a rare speech (countries are generally represented by an ambassador or a minister), Jovenel Moïse indicated that his government, in four years, “had had to face seven attempts to interrupt the constitutional order by violence”.

“At the base of all this, there is the refusal of the democratic regime and the elections as the only means of access to the management of the affairs of the State”, he said, referring to the “tireless efforts of his administration to appease the socio-political climate ”. “We are facing a powerful lobby which has great resources”, he also declared during his speech which lasted 27 minutes against the 15 normally granted and was marked by loss of sound and image in due to a bad video connection.

According to him, this lobby associated with “bad losers” has blocked the regular functioning of the Senate by violence, preventing the government from being formalized, from voting on a budget and the electoral law for elections. He promised “limited use” of presidential decrees until the next general election scheduled for September but the United States asked him to stop using them while France indicated that several of them, taken recently, were “Sources of concern”.

Disagreement on the date

We must “put an end to the policy by decrees,” said Acting Deputy US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, for whom they should only be used for essential actions in terms of security and preparation for elections. The American diplomat called for elections “as soon as possible to restore the constitutional role of Parliament”.

Jovenel Moïse maintains that his five-year mandate at the head of the Caribbean country runs until February 7, 2022, a date rejected by part of the Haitian political class for whom he expired on February 7. This disagreement of date is due to the fact that Jovenel Moïse was elected in a ballot canceled for fraud, then re-elected a year later. Haiti has had no deputies for a year and only a third of the senators remain in office.

(AFP)





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