News   /   More   /   Editor's Choice

Haitians take to streets to demand President Moise step down amid dispute over end of term

Police officers try to clear a road during a demonstration on February 14, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by AFP)

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to demand President Jovenel Moise step down following the end of his five-year term.  

The massive rally was held on Sunday, with anti-government protesters chanting slogans against Moise, calling him a dictator supported by the United States.

The protesters vowed to continue fighting in the streets until the president is removed from power.

The latest development comes as the impoverished Caribbean country is divided by a dispute over when the president's term in office ends.

Leading opposition figures demand that Moise step down immediately, saying his five-year term ended on February 7.

Moise is refusing to leave office, arguing he was not in charge during the first year of his five-year term in office which was led by an interim government.

Tensions escalated later after Haitian authorities said they have foiled an attempt to overthrow the government of Moise.

On February 8, Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent said the plot was an "attempted coup d'etat," with officials saying several people, including a Supreme Court judge and a police general inspector, were arrested.

Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe also said that 23 people had been detained with money, guns and ammunition.

Opposition figures, however, dismissed claims that a coup had been attempted.

Anti-government protests have been staged in Port-au-Prince, as well as other towns, with demonstrators clashing with police who often respond using tear gas.

The government in Haiti, which is the Western hemisphere’s poorest country, has been struggling to end the crippling economic crisis made worse after the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The country's dire economic situation has led to a surge in gang violence and a sharp rise in illegal activities and crime, which has weighed further on the economy and dealt a heavy blow to the people's life quality and overall happiness.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku