Opposition political parties in Haiti say the visit earlier this week of a delegation from the Organisation of American States (OAS) will not bear fruit unless President Jovenel Moise agrees to step down amid allegations of embezzlement among other issues.

“The arrival of the OAS delegation will not change anything in the position of the Democratic and Popular Sector. No political cohabitation is possible with Jovenel Moïse. The solution to the current political crisis inevitably involves the resignation of Jovenel Moïse,” said André Michel, the spokesman for the so-called “Democratic and Popular sector.

On Wednesday, the United States ambassador to the OAS, Carlos Trujillo, led a high-level delegation to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country at the invitation of Haiti’s Foreign Minister, Bocchit Edmond, who in a June 14 letter to Trujillo, had requested that that hemispheric body help facilitate a dialogue between Moise and the opposition forces.

The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations and several people, including one journalist, were killed last week, as the protesters demand Moise’s removal from office.

In a message posted on his Twitter account, President Moise said “I met the OAS delegation around the current crisis.

“The interview also focused on the problems of security and precariousness in the country. I remain convinced that dialogue is the only asset that will allow us to resolve our political differences.”

Moïse said he had agreed with a proposal by the OAS to form a Commission comprising independent international experts in finance, to assist in the audit of the management of PetroCaribe funds. Continue reading

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