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Weekly Report - 14 February 2019 (WR-19-06)

HAITI: Moïse marks two-years in office as thousands call for his departure

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse celebrated his two-year anniversary in power last week amid the biggest show of public unrest since taking office, with protesters across the country demanding his resignation. His Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK) government is already deeply unpopular since its ill-fated decision (since reversed) to increase fuel prices last July [WR-18-28] while allegations of financial mismanagement involving Petrocaribe, the discounted oil initiative from Venezuela, have also proven damaging. A worsening economic situation – which last week forced President Moïse to declare a state of economic emergency and unveil new austerity measures – could prove a tipping point.

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