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Aristide critical of candidates Jude Celestin and Jovenel Moïse


Haiti Beat Writer

LES CAYES, Sud, HT ( – While campaigning for his party’s candidate, former two-term president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, took the opportunity to severely criticize presidential candidates Jude Celestin and Jovenel Moïse.

At a campaign stop in Miragoâne, Aristide spoke to denounce the candidate of the Alternative League (LAPEH), Jude Celestin, for proposing an expedited training program to form doctors in 2 years of medical school.

“It’s wrong! This is absolutely wrong, we can not have doctors after only 2 years of training. These people are lying to us,” insisted an Aristide noticeably more energetic.

Referring the candidate for Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), Jovenel Moïse, Aristide went in to the record of party leader, former President Michel Martelly.

“They spent 5 years shaving the people’s heads. Now is the time to open our eyes. They’ve shaven your heads, now you have to open our eyes,” said the Lavalas leader. “Shaving heads” is an idiom meaning to rob, scalp and/or tax highly.

For her part, No. 54, Fanmi Lavalas candidate, Maryse Narcisse asked people to vote for her before introducing former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Narcisse was the only of the 6 invited presidential candidates to not participate in the first GIAP debates. Critics watching the debate on Facebook live said the candidate is hiding behind former president Aristide and could not face the public on her own in debate.

Narcisse’s dependence on Aristide has been a criticism that has continued to plague her campaign from the 2015 failed contests and into election day, October 9, 2016, where Aristide will not be on the ballot.

Former senator Edmonde Supplice Beauzile declared herself the only woman candidate in the race on September 9 in an interview with Le Nouvelliste and during the first president debate on the 20th. Beauzile, who is running for president under No. 38, Fusion, postulated whether it was Narcisse or Aristide running for president.

The Narcisse campaign’s problems intensified after the 63-year old Aristide passed out at a campaign event in Cap-Haitien on September 16.

The Fanmi Lavalas campaign held events in Miragoâne, Petit-Goâve, Fond-des-Negres, Aquin, Cavaillon on Thursday. On Friday they made multiple campaign stop in Les Cayesd.

Saturday, the caravan campaigned in Port-Salut, Camp-Perrin, Jacmel and Leogane. They intend to take on the entire Grand’Anse and NIppes this week.

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