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Draft constitution says Moise’s term ends in 2022

The cover page of the draft of the constitution.

Haitian officials released a draft of the new constitution on Wednesday that specifies President Jovenel Moise’s term ends in 2022. 

The nation has been divided over this argument because the current constitution is unclear on the matter. Many politicians and constitutional experts have voiced out that Moise’s term ends Feb. 7 of this year. 

“He remains in function until the end of his term, Feb. 7, 2022,” Article 271 of the draft of the new constitution reads. 

A constitutional referendum will be held on Apr. 25. The draft of the constitution is available here.

Protesters attack former president Privert

Former Haiti President Jocelerme Privert. Jocelerme Privert’s Facebook Images

As ex-President Jocelerme Privert was riding near Radio Kiskeya in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, protesters threw rocks at his car and flattened his car tire.

Police officers had to escort Privert to another street. Privert and current President Jovenel Moise condemned the attack on social media.

“This crime, committed by individuals who want to create a climate of terror in the country, is a serious attack on democracy,” Moise posted on Twitter.

Privert went to Radio Kiskeya to visit reporter Liliane Pierre-Paul, who lost her husband on Friday.

Bandits shoot at ex-senator’s car, one dead

Nenel Cassy, a former senator of the Nippes Department, posing for a picture.

Armed men fired gunshots at former senator Nenel Cassy’s car on Wednesday night. One passenger died and another one was injured. Cassy was not inside the car at the time of the attack.

The man killed was identified as Jacques Pierre Martilus. Kenol Pierre, Cassy’s bodyguard, was injured.

Last month, Cassy was arrested, but released the same day. Sir Ronald Sanders, an Organization of American States diplomat, tweeted that President Moise ordered the arrest. But  Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, denied the allegation. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Feb. 04, 2021

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