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Haiti - Politic : Jovenel Moïse talks about turning the crisis into opportunity?
29/10/2019 07:03:23

Haiti - Politic : Jovenel Moïse talks about turning the crisis into opportunity?
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse insisted yesterday morning on a radio-television of the capital for the formation of a government of national unity and invited the opposition to begin a dialogue to end the current crisis.

After a month and a half of violent anti-government demonstrations calling for his resignation, "without conditions", Jovenel Moïse reiterated that the country is currently at a crossroads, "in which we can turn this crisis into an opportunity".

The Head of State said that a vacancy in the Executive would plunge the country into greater chaos in the hands of gangs, and pointed out that since 1986, after the dictatorship of Duvalier, the country had sixteen Presidents.

He also defended the cancellation of contracts with private power companies, many of which were signed under transitional governments, to the detriment of the interests of the State and the majority population. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29083-haiti-flash-the-state-suspends-all-payments-to-private-electricity-companies.html

"We took the decision," said the president, before apologizing to the people for not having adopted these provisions before.

If we had accepted the Sogener contract, it would have cost the country about $20 million, said Moïse, who stressed that all agreements should be of interest to the people.

He also announced that he did not intend to nationalize a company, but rather to carry out reforms in the energy sector, which would improve state revenues.

Regarding the elimination of all customs exemptions, except those provided by law, Moïse defended the recent measure approved by the Council of Ministers and noted that the State had for many years be "hostage" of a "mafia sector". https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29089-haiti-flash-cancellation-of-customs-exemptions.html

He also confirmed that the government had asked for humanitarian aid from the United States and that the American nation had agreed to provide it. Also he reiterated that the group that, during their last public appearances, took care of his security, are advisors who evaluate the systems of the National Palace.

Shortly after the president's intervention, hundreds of people took to the streets to demand the resignation of the Haitian president, accused of aggravating the country's socio-political and economic crisis.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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