Desperation and Despair in Haiti as Relief Efforts Stall
Relief remains scarce, and residents reportedly have grown so impatient that they attacked supply vans and a caravan carrying former president Michel Martelly, who visited a hospital in Les Cayes offering supplies. “In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. The Red Cross also responded. “Preventing and controlling the transmission of COVID-19 and guaranteeing access to water, hygiene and sanitation are essential for volunteers on the ground,” Red Cross officials said in a statement. Officials activated a humanitarian corridor in the Dominican Republic and collected prepositioned non-food items (NFIs) for at least 4,500 people, the Red Cross stated.thewestsidegazette.com
EXPLAINER: Why Haiti’s political strife has worsened
Hours after the arrests, the opposition nominated a supposed transitional president that no one has recognized. Opposition leaders from various political parties organized protests in the weeks leading up to Feb. 7, the day they allege that Moïse’s term ended. Haiti’s Constitution allows presidents to serve a five-year term, and opponents argue that Moïse already reached that limit. The opposition condemned the arrests and noted the judge has automatic immunity as they accused Moïse’s administration of political repression. The opposition named another Superior Court Judge, Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, as Haiti’s supposed transitional president after Moïse announced the arrests.
Haiti's president alleges coup conspiracy, says 20 arrested
Dabrézil is one of three judges that the opposition favors as a potential transitional president. André Michel, one of Haiti's top opposition leaders, held a press conference hours after the arrests and called for civil disobedience and demanded that Moïse be arrested. The arrests come on the day that opposition leaders claim Moïse should resign, saying that his term ends on Sunday. Moïse has repeatedly stated that his five-year term ends in February 2022. Former President Michel Martelly’s term ended in 2016, but a chaotic election forced the appointment of a provisional president for one year until Moïse was sworn in in 2017.
Haiti opens debate on proposed constitutional changes
Haiti has unveiled multiple proposed changes to overhaul the countrys Constitution that officials plan to present to voters starting in Feb. 2021 for an upcoming referendum that looms amid growing unrest. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)PORT-AU-PRINCE – PORT-AU-Haiti has unveiled multiple proposed changes to overhaul the country’s Constitution that officials plan to present to voters starting this week for an upcoming referendum that looms amid growing unrest. One of the biggest changes is an omission in the draft issued by an independent commission tasked with creating the constitutional changes that have generated heated debates. Meanwhile, Brian Concannon, an adviser for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, said the proposed referendum itself is unconstitutional, according to the current Constitution. As officials meet with certain sectors of society to discuss the proposed constitutional changes, some are demanding more inclusion.
Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president
Opposition leaders are demanding Moïse’s resignation and legislative elections to restart a Parliament dissolved a year ago. They claim that Moïse’s five-year term is legally ending — that it began when former President Michel Martelly's term expired in February 2016. He also said the constitutional referendum won't give Moïse more power but said changes are needed to the 1987 document. François said he won't take part in the “circus act” of voting in the referendum or elections. “This is a country of corruption.”Moïse has faced numerous calls for resignation since taking office, with protests roiling Haiti since late 2017.
Haiti: Who will replace President Jovenel Moïse?
by Bob DuvalPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The current Haitian President Jovenel Moïse took office in 2017 but his term is expected to end in 2021 or 2022. The question that everyone is asking for: Who will replace the current Haitian President Jovenel Moïse when his term ends in 2021 or 2022? 1- Michel Martelly, a former Haiti President but according to studies, his administration failed Haiti and no one in Haiti will vote for him again. 2- Jovenel Moïse, the current President of Haiti but according to studies, his administration has failed Haiti, and the people in Haiti probably won’t vote for him again. The list of names above is some of the political figures in Haiti that the Haitians in Haiti are looking into to replace the current President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse when his term ends soon.sflcn.com