Skip to comments.'I Am Not a Dictator' Haiti President Says After Announcing Foiled Coup Attempt
Posted on 02/08/2021 3:01:54 AM PST by Libloather
WASHINGTON/PORT-AU-PRINCE - “I am not a dictator,” Haitian President Jovenel Moise said during a national address Sunday, hours after announcing that the police had foiled a coup attempt and made more than 20 arrests.
Haitians woke Sunday to gunfire in areas near the national palace, and a high police presence was seen by VOA Creole reporters on the scene.
At midday, the president surprised the nation by going live on Facebook from the international airport in Port-au-Prince to announce a foiled coup attempt and the arrests.
The prime minister would give more details, the president said, before heading to the southern coastal town of Jacmel to inaugurate Carnival festivities. He was accompanied by his wife, first lady Martine Moise.
Moise has said he will serve another year because he was sworn in in 2017 for a five-year term. But the nation’s opposition party says the president’s term should have ended Sunday, February 7, the date set by the constitution when elected presidents are sworn into office. Moise failed to hold elections in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and a climate of insecurity.
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““I am not a dictator,” Haitian President Jovenel Moise said.”
It’s Haiti. Of course he’s a dictator. Maybe not on the same scale as Papa Doc Andrew Cuomo, but still, there it is.
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