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U.S. warns against moves that damage fragile institutions in Haiti

The United States said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” about Haiti’s fragile institutions, although it stopped short of chastising President Jovenel Moise after his government retired three Supreme Court judges who posed a threat to his leadership.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince said in a statement that it had seen the executive order about the judges.

“We are deeply concerned about any actions that risk damaging Haiti’s democratic institutions. The Executive Order is now being scrutinized to determine whether it conforms to Haiti’s constitutions and laws,” the embassy said.

The U.S. Embassy said “all political actors should focus on restoring to the Haiti people the right to choose their lawmakers by organizing overdue legislative elections as soon as technically feasible and presidential elections soon after”.

On Monday, the government issued an executive decree ordering the three judges to be retired from the court.

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