Miami Herald : U.S. lawmakers call for Haiti-led transition, support claim Moïse’s presidency ends Sunday

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Quoique dise et fasse Jovenel Moise, ce dimanche 7 février 2021, il n’est plus le président d’Haïti en fonction. C’est un USURPATEUR encore installé au Palais National.

We believe deeply in democracy and rule of law; we feel it is essential that the United States unambiguously reject any attempt by President Moïse to retain power in contravention of those principles,” the members of Congress said in their letter.

Miami, dimanche 7 février 2021 ((rezonodwes.com))–

A group of U.S. lawmakers including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the powerful president pro tempore of the Senate, is calling on the Biden administration to wash its hands of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and back a transition government to run Haiti.

Seven lawmakers made their positions known in a letter to recently confirmed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, while Leahy tweeted his position, which he later elaborated on to the Miami Herald. The members of Congress, like some Haitians, contend that Moïse’s presidential term ends Sunday, according to the Haitian constitution.

Moïse, who took office in 2017 and is currently in his second year of ruling by decree, says his term ends a year from now and has vowed to not go anywhere.

“We believe deeply in democracy and rule of law; we feel it is essential that the United States unambiguously reject any attempt by President Moïse to retain power in contravention of those principles,” the members of Congress said in their letter. “The time for a Haitian-led democratic transition is now.”

The lawmakers’ push for Moïse’s departure and a transition in Haiti, which opposition and civil society groups also support, comes a day after the Biden administration expressed support for Moïse’s claim that his presidential term does not end Sunday.

“A new elected president should succeed President Moïse when his term ends on February 7, 2022,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price said.

The U.S. is Haiti’s biggest donor, and the country could well become one of the front burner foreign policy problem of the Biden administration, which still doesn’t have all of its personnel in place in the State Department.

The administration, which has been in office for less than a month, is already catching heat over the recent deportations of hundreds of Haitians despite promising a 100-day moratorium on removals while campaigning for the Haitian-American community’s support in South Florida prior to the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The contentious dispute over when Moïse’s term has been roiling Haiti for weeks and is based on a reading of the country’s constitution, which the president is currently trying to change. The United Nations and Organization of American States Secretary Luis Almagro, have also concluded that Moïse’s term ends in 2022.

texte et image : JACQUELINE CHARLES JCHARLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

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