HAITI-POLITICS-Opposition parties agree on 'interim' candidate should Moise steps down.


Opposition political parties have agreed on an un-named judge of the Court of Cassation to replace President Jovenel Moise in the event that the embattled head of state agrees to step down from office pending fresh presidential elections in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

But the Fanmi Lavalas political party, whose most prominent member is the former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, has expressed reservations and refused to sign the agreement that had been reached last Saturday.

President of the Lower House, Gary Bodea, has welcomed the agreement reached by the parties that included representatives from Mache Kontre, the Democratic Bloc, the Alternative Consensual to Rebuild Haiti, Papaye Patriotic Forum and the Passerelle

'For me, it is a good thing that the opposition finally agrees to form a group, a transition table with demands. When you go into a negotiation, you can ask heaven and earth. I think the opposition has put itself in a position to negotiate,' he added.

The political and economic crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum...

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