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Opposition chooses new judge to replace Moïse

By Onz Chery

Judge Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis shaking someone’s hand at the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Judge Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis has been selected to replace President Jovenel Moïse, whose term the opposition believes ended on Sunday.

Moïse insists that his term ends on Feb. 7, 2022.

“The [judicial system] constated that President Jovenel Moïse’s term ended on Feb. 7, 2021, based on the constitution,” said Judge Jean-Louis in a video-message to the nation on Monday.

“I accept the opposition and civil society’s decision to choose me to serve my country as provisional president of the transition. May God watch over Haiti.”

The selection is the latest in the ongoing constitutional crisis over Moïse’s legitimacy as president that has been brewing for months. The Haitian government has yet to answer phone calls seeking comments.

Jean-Louis is the longest-serving judge on Haiti’s Supreme Court.

Another Supreme Court Judge, Ivickel Dabrésil, was initially selected to replace Moïse but he was arrested by National Palace guards on Sunday on charges of attempting a coup d’etat. Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe said police found a copy of the speech he was going to give upon his appointment as provisional president.

Judge Ikenson Edume said the police assaulted Judge Dabrésil on Radio Magik9.

Stay tuned for more information as the day unfolds. Send tips to [email protected]

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. 08, 2021

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