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'Members of Haiti’s diaspora to run for the presidency' Jovenel Moise

President Jovenel Moise said on Monday that proposed constitutional amendments would allow members of the country’s diaspora to run for the presidency and other high-ranking offices.

The announcement came during an online public address during which President Jovenel Moise reiterated that he would not step down until February 2022 and urged Haitians to support the creation of a new constitution, which is due to be voted upon in April.

The proposed constitutional changes are expected to be made public later this week as opposition leaders step up their demands that Jovenel Moise relinquish power on Sunday February 7th 20021, arguing that his five-year term began when that of former President Michel Martelly expired in February 2016.

President Jovenel Moise also pledged to keep fighting a rise in kidnapping, saying he won’t allow gang members to scare people into not participating in the upcoming constitutional referendum or the general elections scheduled for later this year.

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