November 18, the historical date when Haiti fought its last battle against the French Army to become an independent nation, brought a new fight this year. This time, with opposing political parties fighting each other, the police cracking down on them and at least one person shot dead.
President Jovenel Moïse said his decree stating the government no longer needs counsel from the Haitian courts takes the load off the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSC/CA).
The CSC/CA six-story building is about 15,260 square meters, or 164,000 square feet, and cost more than $31 million. The Haitian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) financed CSC/CA’s new building.
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.
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse said he has been negotiating with the opposition for three months, but the main opposing group said Moïse has not met with its members.
The Haitian government established a budget of 254 billion gourdes, equivalent to $3.7 billion, for 2020-21.