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Was there a recent coup attempt in Haiti?

Violent clashes between protestors and the Haitian police have been on going for the past few weeks as Haiti’s government opposition says President Jovenel Moïse mandate ended on February 7th 2021, but the president maintains that he has another year in power. There is debate over whether the president’s term started in 2015, following widely criticised elections, or in 2017, when he took over during a period of political instability in the country, this debate has divided Haitians as it depends on constitutional interpretation. To complicate the situation further, in February 2021 Moïse claimed that there was an attempt on his life in an attempted coup d’état, while the opposition denounced this, saying it is just an attempt to tighten his grip on power beyond his mandated time in office. Is the Haitian opposition right to demand that Jovenel Moïse to leave power? Are the claims of a coup attempt accurate or a desperate attempt to cling to power? Can Haitian democracy recover from this impasse?
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No, but Haiti doesn’t have democracy either

Democracy remains a pipe dream for Haiti all the while the democratic process is interrupted by international interests, the US backing undemocratic leaders such as Moïse being a prime example. Wikileaks cables have revealed that the US is actively interfering in Haitian politics and undermining Haitian democracy to support their own ends. According to Dahoud Andre, Haitian radio host and activist, Jovenel Moïse, just like his predecessor, is widely recognised to be US installed president. Wikileaks publishing the infamous Clinton emails, demonstrating Hillary Clinton congratulated her staff for successful election Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly under Obama and Biden, who handpicked Jovenel Moïse as his successor. Moïse is trying to keep power for as long as he can by actively bypassing democracy, as the US administration, now led by Biden, is providing the same political support and supply of weapons, tear gas, etc. that keep protestors from actually removing him from power.

coha.org/wikileaks-cables-show-haiti-as-pawn-in-u-s-foreign-policy nacla.org/news/2021/02/06/foreign-roots-haiti-constitutional-crisis-jovenel-moise eveningreport.nz/2021/03/03/haitis-ongoing-struggle-for-uninterrupted-democracy-against-international-interventionism youtube.com/watch?v=Y5uFYLIp2CI[ aljazeera.com/opinions/2019/9/30/what-is-really-behind-the-crisis-in-haiti

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The current unrest in Haiti is part of an on going three-year series of protests against an increasingly corrupt and authoritarian state, since 2018 there has been long-term political crisis and unrest in the country surrounding Jovenel Moïse’s administration. But at the heart of this current period of political instability is a constitutional disagreement. Article 134 of the Haitian constitution states that a presidential mandate is five years, stipulating that the period must begin and end on February 7th, and in the case it cannot the elected president takes office IMMEDIATELY after the vote is confirmed. The difference in opinion on Moïse’s presidency comes from the 2015 elections that Moïse won, receiving 32.8% of the vote, but protests forced the postponement until 2016 when Moïse and his supporters maintain his presidency started, however article 134 of the Haitian constitution seems to indicate otherwise. Actual evidence of a coup in 2021 are fleeting and when you consider Moïse’s actions, organising the arrest of Supreme Court judge, Hiviquel Dabrezil, who was presiding over a case involving Moïse’s wife, this looks less of a coup more of a step toward dictatorship.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-28/haiti-protesters-say-moise-s-term-ends-next-month-he-disagrees aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/28/what-is-happening-in-haiti-political-crisis-persists theroot.com/unrest-in-haiti-as-president-rejects-call-to-step-down-1846223959

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Protests have been continuing in Haiti since 2019 when rising fuel prices ignited violent protests in the country, Haiti has long remained an unstable country, and this recent coup attempt is not out of character for a country afflicted by rampant violence and political instability. Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has defended Moïse's claims, saying he has seen and heard proof of alleged attempted coup - audio recordings, signed documents and the text of an inaugural speech for the new president. Claims that Moïse's mandate has come to an end ignore the fact that special elections were held in February 2016 when Jocelerme Privert became interim president until new elections could be held and Moïse's current term as president actually started. Moïse has said himself that he is not a dictator, but remains steadfast that there was a conspiracy against his life, and enjoys the support of the Biden administration, the UN and the OAS, who maintain Moïse should remain president until Feb 7th 2022.

voanews.com/americas/i-am-not-dictator-haiti-president-says-after-announcing-foiled-coup-attempt haitilibre.com/en/news-16595-haiti-flash-jocelerme-privert-provisional-president-of-haiti.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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