Haiti: Jovenel Moïse set to be inaugurated President today

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse during an interview with reporters shortly after the results of the election were released, Nov 29. 2016. PHOTO/AFP

Haiti’s President-elect Jovenel Moïse is set to be be inaugurated Tuesday.

The 48-year-old entrepreneur who has never held political office was the hand-picked candidate of former president Michel Martelly to represent the center-right Tet Kale Party (PHTK).

More than 2,000 people have been invited to watch Moïse become the 58th head of state, in an event that will include an oath of office at the parliament and a religious ceremony.

His election brought an end to the Caribbean nation’s long-running political crisis, which began in October 2015 when Moïse won a first round of voting but the results were annulled because of massive fraud.
In February 2016, with Martelly’s 5-year term nearing its end and his political succession in limbo, Haiti’s parliament elected Jocelerme Privert, president of the Senate at the time, to be interim president.

The elections were rescheduled for October and then postponed to November after Hurricane Matthew battered the country.

So it is finally on Tuesday that Privert will hand over the presidential sash to the National Assembly speaker, who will then give it to Moïse.

Moïse who was declared the winner with 55 percent of the vote, has indicated that the inauguration ceremony – which will cost US$1 million – will be a toned down version of those of his predecessors Rene Preval and Martelly, which cost more than US$4 million and US$2 million, respectively.

Source: AFP