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CARICOM pledges support for Haiti

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:21 AM
President David Granger (third from left) at inauguration of President Jovenele Moise in Haiti.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC):
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President David Granger says the regional integration grouping welcomes the transfer of power in Haiti after the French-speaking CARICOM country inaugurated its 58th head of state on Tuesday.

Granger, the Guyana head of state, who represented CARICOM at the ceremony, said that “the Caribbean is not only a zone of peace from a strategic point of view in terms of the absence of war but it is also a zone of Constitutional stability.

“There is predictability and we don’t want to see that there are elements in any member state, which disrupt the Constitutional process, (or) which use extra legal means to seize power or delay the holding of elections.”
Granger at Haiti.

Granger acknowledged that there “have been delays here but Haiti has finally come through and I am very happy to be here to put the stamp of approval on behalf of the entire Caribbean Community on those elections and the duly elected President Moise.”

Jovenel Moise, 48, was sworn in to replace Michel Martelly, who left office one year ago in an environment of political uncertainty after efforts to stage presidential and legislative elections before his departure were unsuccessful.

Moise won the November 20 presidential election last year and members and allies of his party were swept into office in the legislative elections.