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Haiti's President Calls for Dialogue Following Street Protests

Featured Demonstrators participate in an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 12, 2019. | Photo: Reuters Demonstrators participate in an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 12, 2019. | Photo: Reuters
The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, broke his silence made a new call to dialogue after eight days of violent protests against his Government that have left at least nine dead.

In a message to the nation, Moise, who on the 7th celebrated his second anniversary in power, said he will "fight to restore peace and stability" in his country, and expressed his solidarity with the victims of the protests of the last few days.

Haiti today reached eight days of protests called by sectors of the opposition that demand the resignation of Moise.

The Haitian president thanked the support of the international community, and assured that he is willing to take the country forward.

"Only dialogue can help the country," he said, adding that there are people who do not understand the democratic processes.

Moise said he will not "leave the country in the hands of bandits who want to use the country" for their personal interests.

He reported that the government is taking extraordinary measures to resolve problems and gave the responsibility to the Prime Minister to ensure compliance. He apologized to the people for the recent events and expressed that he will remain firm in the government working for peace and the welfare of all Haitians.

The demonstrations, which have increased insecurity in this Caribbean nation and caused a climate of uncertainty, occur amid a severe economic crisis, which was aggravated this year by a sharp depreciation of the gourde, the official currency, and by the electricity crisis derived from the shortage of gasoline.

  • Countries: Haiti

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