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18/05/2017 15:11:03

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This Thursday, May 18, the city of Arcahaie welcomes the celebration of the 214th anniversary of the creation of the Haitian flag and the University, in the presence of the Head of State, Jovenel Moïse dressed in white, accompanied by the First Lady Martine Moïse, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, Ministers, Secretaries of State, Directors-General, Presidents of both Houses, President of the Court of Cassation, deputies and senators, members of the diplomatic corps... as well as various personalities of national life.

After the presidential hymn, the raising of the bicoloured flag, the wreaths of flowers at the foot of the statue of Jean Jacques Dessalines on the Place d'Armes of Arcahaie, the religious ceremony at the Church of St-Pierre of Archaie, President Moïse delivered his speech on the official stand.

Extract from the speech of President Jovenel Moïse :


Today is a great moment of reflection for us, many challenges, new challenges are on our way, on the road of the State, we are at a crossroads that asks us to make changes. Peaceful changes without breakage. Because we have chosen democracy as a method of organizing relations between institutions and the population.

This is the battle for development, for the end of exclusion, injustice and misery, it is the battle to create a rule of law, a strong State, that defends the interests of the people.

To win this battle we need the courage of the ancestors, we also need to unite ourselves again on the problems we have today.


Today we must be careful, so that the enemy of today is not ourselves, it is the division we create between us, it is the intolerance that we have between us [...] the enemy is the exclusion we accept in society [...] we must not accept all that is happening before our eyes [...]

During my five-year term, I will take all the necessary steps to launch the sector general states quickly so that ideas can be expressed on the best way we want things done in the country [...]

The sector general states should make it possible to highlight in specific areas what unite us and which goes beyond a mandate or a legislature. We need to identify the frameworks that need to be taken or maintained over the next 25 years in the areas of health, education, environment, energy and justice. The long term and beyond all partisans will enable Haiti to commit itself to sustainable development.

I intend to devote myself to the search for this national convergence, we can no longer afford to divide ourselves on these essential subjects for the country.

To my successor, I want my five years completed, bequeath the solid foundations of a democracy lowered, approved levers of development and perspectives on which all the strong forces of the country have agreed.

It is time to put an end to the eternal recommence, we recommence too much.

Our flag can not walk with misery.

Our flag can not walk with resignation.

Our flag can not walk with difference.

Our flag can not walk with irresponsibility.

Not this flag, we must raise it higher, well high.

We can not be the heirs of Dessalines and Pétion, and find that it is normal that peasants can not live of their labor on their land. We can not be the heirs of Dessalines and Pétion and find it normal that we import what we need to consume. We can not be the heirs of Dessalines and Pétion and find it normal to have children in the street, children who do not go to school, who do not eat.

No, no it must change [...]"

Full speech by President Moïse :

Speech by the Deputy for Arcahaie, Pierre Julien Féquière :

Speech by the Mayor of Arcahaie, Rosemila Petit Frère :

Speech by Fritz Deshommes Rector of UEH :

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