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Haiti needs ‘democratic renewal’ UN representative tells Security Council

The top UN official called Monday for a “democratic renewal” in Haiti to lift it out of a drawn-out political and humanitarian crisis and put it back on the path to stability and development.

“Only a democratic renewal, resulting from the prompt holding of credible, transparent and participatory elections, can provide Haiti with the opportunity to overcome its protracted political crisis,” Helen Meagher La Lime told the Security Council via video-teleconference.

“A minimal consensus among relevant political stakeholders would greatly contribute to creating an environment conducive to the holding of the Constitutional referendum and subsequent elections”, she said, adding that the United Nations stands ready to help.

Joining the meeting from Port-au-Prince, President Jovenel Moïse defended his administration, saying that it is confronting not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also “corrupt oligarchs” and a “radical and violent opposition” which have tried repeatedly to stage a coup d’état.

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