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Haiti’s Moïse says he will not resign

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PORT-AU-PRINCE – Embattled Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, says he has no plans of encouraging another 1986, when then president Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier fled the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country after protracted opposition led demonstrations against his administration.

Moïse, speaking for the first time publicly for nearly a week, said that it would be “irresponsible” on his part to step down in light of persistent demonstrations being staged by opposition parties for his removal from office amidst claims of corruption.

“It would be irresponsible on my part for me to stand here today, to sign and submit a letter of resignation and say ‘I am leaving’ and leave the country like this and the system regenerates itself,”  Moïse told an impromptu news conference on the grounds of the National Palace.

The crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum products to Haiti under a preferential agreement.

Moïse has denied any wrongdoing and last week named former prime minister Evans Paul to head a team that would hold discussions with all stakeholders and on Tuesday reiterated a call for the all stakeholders to meet to discuss a way forward.

“However long it takes, I am ready for dialogue. We don’t want to have another 1986,” he said, noting also that the economic situation in the country is also as a result of the failure to have his government ratified by the Parliament.

“Parliament spent eight months refusing to give us a government,” said Moïse, who came to office in 2017.

Moïse said Haiti is “worse off” than it was from 2004 to 2015, the years following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

“You didn’t vote me to come fight with anyone. You voted me so that I could come fight against a system. It would be difficult for anyone who became president today to confront this system because it has the capacity to regenerate itself,” Moïse said as he defended his term in office so far.

But opposition leaders have immediately rejected Moïse’s bid for talks, saying his offer was “not credible” and called for more street protests.

In a statement, the anti-corruption organisation, Nou Pap Dòmi said Moïse “must resign”.

“He has no credibility and has long lost our trust. Our position remains the same: A corrupt president can’t govern our nation.”

Opposition leader André Michel said the latest statements by Moïse lacked credibility.

“Mr Jovenel Moïse does not have the moral authority to attack the guards of the exclusionary system that we are fighting today because his election campaign was betrothed by these people,” Michel said, adding that during the 2016 elections Moïse “had at his disposal more economic means than all the other candidates together”. (CMC)

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