Latin America

Haiti enters new chapter of political turmoil and risk of violence

The opposition and the government can't agree on when President Jovenel Moïse's term will expire

Port-au-Prince: A woman pushes her merchandise away from tires set on fire by protesters during a countrywide strike demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Photo: MCCV/Shutterstock
Port-au-Prince: A woman pushes her merchandise away from tires set on fire by protesters during a countrywide strike demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Photo: MCCV/Shutterstock

Haiti is no stranger to crisis. According to the World Bank, 60 percent of its 11-million population lives under the poverty line on less than USD 2.41 per day and suffers from daily power cuts. And the Caribbean nation has been hit by some extreme climate events in recent decades, such as the 2004 floods which killed over 5,000 people — or the devastating earthquake that left 300,000 dead in 2010. 

It is also home to a continuous cycle of political crisis, which entered a new chapter this week as political forces squabble over when the term of...

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