Weekly Report - 22 October 2020 (WR-20-42)

HAITI: Moïse faces renewed unrest

President Jovenel Moïse is facing the biggest show of unrest since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. In protests organised by the opposition to mark the 214th anniversary of the death of Haiti’s founding father Jean-Jacques Dessalines, thousands took to the streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and elsewhere, calling for the unpopular Moïse to step down. Coming less than two weeks after Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Helen La Lime issued a warning about instability in Haiti, the show of unrest indicates that Moïse’s recent appointment of a new provisional electoral council (CEP) and apparent kick-off of the much-delayed electoral process may have been well-received by the US [WR-20-39] but has far from satisfied the opposition.

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