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Moïse, facing criticism at UN virtual meeting, blames Haiti’s “oligarchs”

Screenshot of the United Nations Security Council’s virtual meeting concerning Haiti on Feb. 22, 2021. Etant Dupain’s Twitter Images

Members of the United Nations Security Council expressed their concerns about Haiti’s ongoing crisis to President Jovenel Moïse during the unilateral body’s virtual meeting on Monday.

The list of issues they touched on ranged from kidnappings, violent protests, delayed legislative elections and one-man rule— among others.

“How is it possible today that Jimmy Cherizier is still free?” France’s representative asked Moïse. “The men responsible for the massacres in La Saline, in Bel Air have to face justice.”

Moïse blamed the opposition or “the powerful oligarchs” for Haiti’s condition and said that 64 of the 100 gangs were dismantled.

Haitian gourde drops to lowest value in five months

A money exchange place in Port-au-Prince. Garry Pierre-Pierre for The Haitian Times

The value of the gourde has depreciated to 75 G against the American dollar for the first time since September, according to the Bank of the Republic of Haiti.

It depreciated from 74.3 G against the dollar on Monday to 75.2.

Last time the currency value was at 75 G in September, the gourde saw a rapid appreciation during which it went from 120 G in mid-August to 62 G in October against the American dollar. The value of the gourde has been slowly depreciating again since then.

Judge a no-show in Dorval murder case hearing

Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe on Feb. 22, 2021. Joseph Jouthe’s Twitter Images

Judge Rénord Régis didn’t attend a hearing Monday about the ongoing Monferrier Dorval murder case, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe tweeted.

Dorval, head of the Port-au-Prince bar at the time he was murdered last August, was a constitutional scholar. 

“I regret that he [Régis] was absent for this hearing. I remain at his disposal for any other summons,” Jouthe said.

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. 23, 2021

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