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Weekly Report - 16 January 2020 (WR-20-02)

HAITI: Heading back into familiar uncertainty

“An historic opportunity”. This was how Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse described the “institutional void” resulting from the expiry of legislators’ terms this week after elections scheduled for October 2019 failed to materialise due to the continued political crisis. Having faced mass protests and calls to step down last year over corruption allegations, spiralling inflation, and high fuel prices, the deeply unpopular Moïse now looks set to rule by decree, a situation which is all too familiar in Haiti and once again underlines the endemic weakness of its institutions.

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