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Haitian government unveils draft of new constitution

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Haiti's government published a draft new constitution Wednesday and again plugged the idea of such a reform as the country remains mired in crisis since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

"A new constitution would not be a panacea to resolve all of our problems," Prime Minister Ariel Henry said.

"But if we manage to agree on this way of organizing governance in a more balanced and efficient way, it will be a point of departure for other agreements on the future of our country," he said.

The new charter would strengthen the powers of the president, at the expense of parliament.

It would do away with the position of prime minister and create a vice presidency, which would be filled at the same time as the president in a single round of voting.

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