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Haiti - FLASH : Jovenel Moïse wishes to organize 3 elections in 2021
17/08/2020 10:41:28

Haiti - FLASH : Jovenel Moïse wishes to organize 3 elections in 2021
Sunday August 16, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader, President Jovenel Moïse held a meeting in a hotel in Santo Domingo with Arancha González Laya, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Toyaume of Spain "We discussed the elections a lot and reviewed, also the bilateral cooperation between our two countries," said President Moïse.

President Jovenel Moise, told Chancellor González Laya, that he intended to postpone the legislative elections which should have been held in 2019 until next year [2021] "Moïse would like to organize the legislative elections next year in addition to the presidential and municipal elections [...]" declared Laya, specifying that no timetable has been set.

During this meeting, Moïse and the Spanish Minister also spoke of "the institutional and constitutional changes that Moïse has been promoting for months, including the drafting of a new Constitution with the aim of strengthening the role of the President to facilitate governance in Haiti, a role currently subordinate to Parliament. The Haitian Head of State requested the support of Spain and Laya offered on this expert assistance in constitutional matters.

Regarding cooperation and development, González Laya proposed to "[...] continue Spain's efforts in Haiti in the fields of water, sanitation, health, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, support for the transformation of the rural environment, which are all priorities of President Moïse and which Spain wants to support.é

Jovenel Moïse then spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. At the end of this meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he had a "good conversation with Haitian President [...]" stressing "[...] It is critical that Haiti schedule its overdue legislative elections, form an inclusive CEP, and strengthen rule of law and support for human rights. These are key elements of the democratic process."

The conversation focused on the organization of the elections. Like me, our American partners believe that the elections are and will remain the ideal way for the survival of democracy," stressed Jovenel Moïse for his part.

SL/ HaitiLibre

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