Haiti President refuses to step down

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has refused to step down amidst demands of his resignation. He tweeted on Sunday: “My Administration received from the Haitian people a constitutional mandate of 60 months. We have exhausted 48 of them. The next 12 months will be devoted to reforming the energy sector, carrying out the referendum and organizing elections”. 

Meanwhile, the Biden administration in US has said that Moise’s term will end in 2022. “In accordance with the OAS [Organization of American States] position on the need to proceed with the democratic transfer of executive power, a new elected president should succeed President Moise when his term ends on February 7, 2022,” State Department spokesman Ned Price was quoted by Voice of America (VOA) news agency. 

Haiti is in the midst of a protest as the opposition demands the stepping down from power of President Jovenel Moïse. They are also demanding that legislative elections should be held to restart a Parliament dissolved a year ago. The opposition claims that Moïse’s five-year term is legally ending in February 2021, as it began when former President Michel Martelly’s term expired in February 2016. But Moïse maintains his term began when he actually took office in early 2017, an inauguration delayed by a chaotic election process that forced the appointment of a provisional president to serve during a year-long gap. 

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