Haiti’s parliament leader calls for prime minister to resign after riot violence

Haiti’s Senate Majority Leader has called on the prime minister to resign after a day of violence following the collapse of a meeting between the president and a constituent. On Sunday, riots broke out…

Haiti’s parliament leader calls for prime minister to resign after riot violence

Haiti’s Senate Majority Leader has called on the prime minister to resign after a day of violence following the collapse of a meeting between the president and a constituent. On Sunday, riots broke out in Port-au-Prince after President Jovenel Moïse decided to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that reversed his election victory. Moïse has since withdrawn from the meeting at the Organization of American States’ headquarters. The resignation call came as it emerged that supporters of Moïse had attacked members of the opposition after that aborted meeting on Sunday. The opposition plans to rally again on Monday, and to file further charges of electoral fraud against Moïse.

Sen. Joel Edouard Chantal Traverté, leader of the opposition opposition senate majority said that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who was not present at the OAS meeting on Sunday, should step down immediately. “Lamothe has failed and the government must stand down for the sake of the nation. I cannot remain silent any longer. This president has been through the eyes of the Haitian people and even though he can no longer govern we will not allow this government to end like that,” Traverté told me Sunday evening. “But the best solution, which would benefit all parties concerned, is to have interim prime minister appointed and electoral elections scheduled before our country heads into a political winter.”

Following the failure of Sunday’s OAS meeting, anti-government protests turned violent in several neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince with three people shot dead, reports the Guardian. On Monday evening, a BBC correspondent who was blocked from entering Gonaives by men wielding machetes reported widespread looting and violence. The government has made emergency phone calls for the public to remain calm but, according to some accounts, at least two men were shot dead and a third injured. Police were still making efforts to contain the situation on Monday, however.

“Prayers for peace & calm to all Haitians. Yesterday we lost three and we are experiencing another day of violence. We are all vulnerable,” the Haitian president wrote on Twitter on Monday evening.

As Traverté called for the prime minister to resign, lawyers have lodged three new appeals against Moïse’s election victory. To date, 15 appeal of election results have been filed at the Supreme Court challenging various aspects of the election.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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