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  • Writer's pictureFrantz Alcema,

Haiti bishops oppose proposed changes to Constitution

The Bishops' Conference of Haiti has written a message to speak up against the authorities' decision to reform the Constitution.

The bishops stress that such a measure cannot be taken in the midst of a national socio-political crisis, due to which it is difficult to obtain the consent of the entire population.

A referendum on the Fundamental Charter is scheduled for 27 June, but modifications have encountered consternation from both opposition forces and those close to the Head of State, President Jovenel Moise.

The reform would enhance the powers of the president, who has been the subject of numerous popular protests since October 2019, and has been accused of corruption.

Riots have forced the postponement of legislative elections set for January 2020, leading the government to act through continuous decrees.

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