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Presumptive President-elect to Fight Corruption, Food Insecurity

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The presumptive President-elect of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, on Thursday said he intends to fight corruption and push for food security during his term as president.

In an interview with Reuters, the Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) candidate said “corruption is the main brake (to development) in poor countries. At the highest level of the government, we have to set the tone and preach by example.”

Moïse campaigned on strengthening agriculture in Haiti. As the proprietor of a state-funded banana plantation, he earned the nickname of Neg Bannan, meaning Banana Man.

“I can’t say in five years I will make Haiti 100 percent self-sufficient (in food),” he told the news agency. But “I think that if Haiti is not self-sufficient in food, it is because we have stopped working.”

It was suggested in the Reuters report that Jovenel Moïse had objections to the electoral cycle and the Constitution. This will be a point closely attended to by critics. PHTK’s leader, former President Michel Martelly, still is a target for criticism for never having held a legitimate election during his five-year term and attempt to establish a totalitarian regime.

Moïse said that Haiti should not have multiple local, parliamentary and presidential elections during a five-year presidential term and suggested holding them at the same time. He said, “the constitution represents a blockage,” adding “we are in a phase of democratization. We are constructing a democracy. We cannot construct a democracy with irritants.”

The 2016 election do-overs are being challenged by the three candidates that, according to the Provisional Electoral Council’s (CEP) preliminary results, trail Moïse. Protests in the streets have intensified into riots. After the electoral disputes are heard, the CEP will publish finalized results on December 29, 2016.

Jovenel Moïse says he would include people of other political stripes in his administration and noted that political instability had led Haiti to be dependent on international aid. “You cannot develop a country on donations,” he said.

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Post source : Reuters

About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.