Sunday, February 28, 2021

the Haitian president pleads his cause, Washington calls for an end to its policy of decrees


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 which demanded “To put an end to (his) policy by decree”.

During a rare speech (countries are generally represented by an ambassador or a minister), Jovenel Moïse indicated that his government, in four years, “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 way to access the management of state affairs”, he said, referring to the “Tireless efforts of his administration to appease the socio-political climate”. “We are facing a powerful lobby that 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 due to a poor video link.

According to him, this associated lobby “To the sore losers” Blocked the regular functioning of the Senate with violence, preventing the formalization of the government, the passing of a budget and the electoral law for elections. He promised a “Limited use” presidential decrees until the next general elections 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”. It is necessary “Put an end to politics by decree”, underlined the Acting Assistant American 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 an election “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.



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