Country to hold referendum in June
Haiti has signalled its intention to hold a controversial referendum ahead of presidential and general elections despite growing international criticism.
“A referendum is an act of sovereignty. It essentially concerns Haitians: they are the ones who decide whether or not they want a referendum to change the Constitution,” Prime Minister Claude Joseph told a news conference on Tuesday.
Port-au-Prince says that while it does not intend to abandon its project, it remains open to dialogue.
“Some of the concerns expressed by our international friends are well-founded and legitimate,” Joseph told his first news conference since he was appointed prime minister on April 14.