Jovenel Moïse: "I Will Not Resign And Give The Country Away"

February 15, 2019

President Jovenel Moise defies protesters, says he will not 'give country up to armed groups and drug traffickers'.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has broken his silence after a week of violent protests demanding his resignation as the US announced it was pulling "non-emergency personnel" from the country over the deadly unrest.

In an address from the presidential palace on Thursday, Moise vowed not to "give the country up to armed groups and drug traffickers," alluding to government officials who he said reportedly took to the streets along with "heads of gangs wanted by the law."

"I heard the voice of the people. I know the problems that torment them. That’s why the government has taken many measures," he said.

"I asked the prime minister to explain them and to apply them without delay to relieve misery."

The demonstrators, angry about skyrocketing inflation and the alleged theft of nearly $2bn in Venezuelan oil relief to the island, are demanding Moise’s resignation.

Since February 7, at least seven people have died as the country plunged into political crisis, with everyday life paralyzed as a result of protests and barricades set up in the largest towns. 

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