Public anger escalates over Moyes’ bid to take over the presidency


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Jovenel Moïse has been struggling to quell growing public anger over his attempt to cling to power despite the opposition’s insistence that his term should expire.

Mr. Moyes has been ruling by decree for more than a year. Many, including prominent jurists, assert that his term expired in February. Haiti was rocked by protests against his rule, and also suffered from a surge in gang activity.

The opposition said Mr Moussi’s five-year term was supposed to end on February 7, five years until the day since his predecessor Michel Martelly stepped down. When Mr. Moyes refused to leave office, thousands of Haitians took to the streets, set fire to trash and tires and demanded his resignation.

In response, the government announced the arrest of 23 people, including a senior judge and a senior police officer, whom the president said had tried to kill and overthrow the government.

“The target of these people was an assassination attempt,” President Moyes said at the time. “That plan was thwarted.”

Mr. Moss insisted he had another year to serve, because his term did not begin until a year after the vote that brought him to the top job amid accusations of election fraud.

The protests this year were part of a broader unrest, with heavily armed gangs clashing in the streets and attacking police stations.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said last month in status report.


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