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Advisor: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Prepared to Resign, Conditionally

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Over the weekend, President Jovenel Moïse, the U.S. Embassy and United Nations mission in Haiti, released a trial balloon aimed at bringing a resolution to the rioting of the past three weeks that are expected to intensify the coming week of Monday, October 7, 2019. The National Palace, supported by a group of diplomats led by the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, are testing the notion of a "conditional" resignation of the Haitian Head of State.

National Palace advisor Jean Gabriel Fortuné made the announcement during radio broadcasts Saturday, saying that President Jovenel Moïse, 2 years into his 5-year term, is prepared to end his mandate early by organizing elections; elections Fortuné characterized as "democratic".

Fortuné, a former Senator and Departmental Delegate for the Sud Department and Mayor of Les Cayes, said the president would not handover power to any commission of transition as is requested by two major groups of the democratic and popular opposition movement. Both groups, massive coalitions of political and civil society organizations have called for the unconditional resignation of President Moïse, a transitional government and refounding.

The National Palace advisor, Mr. Fortuné, had his position reiterated publicly on Saturday by the United Nations mission in Haiti that is now going by the acronym, MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti). MINUJUSTH, in a note released on Sunday, said it would accept solutions "in accordance with democratic standards".

In Haiti, the Presidency of Jovenel Moïse, which is the second successive term of the Tét Kale regime, cannot, as its predecessor, preside over an electoral cycle. Legislative elections are currently due to be held this month, October 2019, and provisions for those elections were never the intention of the administration currently in power.

Therefore, it is not likely that today, the general public rioting for the "unconditional" resignation of President Jovenel Moïse is going to accept him and the international community to organize elections in the country.

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Advisor: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Prepared to Resign, Conditionally