Haiti opposition plans month-end protests

Embattled Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Opposition political parties in Haiti are planning a major street protest in the capital Port au Prince for next week Friday March 29, in an attempt to force President Jovenel Moise out of office.

Moise sworn into office in February 2017, is facing intense criticism from opposition over his handling of domestic affairs and his alleged mismanagement of funds under the PetroCaribe oil agreement with Venezuela.

The opposition parties last week indicated that they intend to hold meeting with representatives of different national community sectors to increase antigovernment mobilization across the country and to discuss the possible implementation of a transitional government with a precise roadmap on positions already well publicized.

File photo of protests in the strees tof Port au Prince earlier this year

Spokesperson for one of the opposition parties, Michel Michel said the objective of the meeting would be to explain “to the important sectors of national life the need we have to chase President Jovenel Moïse of power is one of the objectives of the discussions we are going to conduct”.

Moise has already indicated that he does not intend to step down in favour of armed gangs and drug traffickers, acknowledging that the “the crisis we are going through is very serious”.

CARICOM leaders at their inter-sessional summit in St. Kitts-Nevis last month, “expressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the country’.

The opposition parties maintain that mobilization will continue even after month-end’s street protest.