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Country to hold referendum in June

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 12:23 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti:

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.