Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse during his visit at the construction site of an electrical center in Port-au-Prince on Oct. 24, 2020. Photo credit: Juno7

In a speech on Friday, Haiti President Jovenel Moïse said there would be a new constitution, if people wanted, before next year’s planned elections. Many residents, including journalists, took the statement to mean there wouldn’t be an election unless the constitution changed.

On Saturday, Moïse clarified that there will be elections with or without a new constitution.

“The elections are obligatory,” he said during a construction site visit in Port-au-Prince. “At the end of my term, I must give the people the opportunity to choose another president. If the people don’t approve the [constitution], there will be elections. If the people approve, there will be elections.” Source

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...

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