The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana’s president David Granger, has said that the regional integration grouping welcomes the transfer of power in Haiti after the CARICOM member country inaugurated its 58th head of state on Tuesday.
Granger, who represented CARICOM at the inauguration 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 do not 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 acknowledged that there “have been delays 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 Moïse”.
Jovenel Moïse, 48, was sworn in to replace Michel Martelly, who left office 1 year ago in an environment of political uncertainty after efforts to stage presidential and legislative elections before his departure were unsuccessful.
Moïse won the November 20 presidential election last year and members and allies of his party were swept into office in the legislative elections.
Moïse took the oath of office declaring: “I swear before God and the nation, to faithfully observe the constitution and laws of the republic, to respect and enforce the rights of the Haitian people, to work to the greatness of the fatherland, to maintain the national independence and territorial integrity.”
Region is keen to support economic revival of Haiti
Granger said that his presence at the inauguration activities represents the region’s solidarity with Haiti, noting that the country has faced major catastrophes over the past 15 years, which have resulted in a significant loss of life and damage to the country’s infrastructure.
“It is a matter of recognition of the democratic process. President Moïse has been elected democratically and it is a matter of support for the people of Haiti generally, to let them know that they are not alone in their adversity, and we will continue to stand by them” he added.
Granger said that with the development of the economies of the region, a major agenda item at the upcoming CARICOM Inter-sessional summit in Guyana from February 16-17, the region is keen to support the economic revival of Haiti. -(CMC)