Haitian leaders called on to reverse country's downfall

Haitian leaders called on to reverse country's downfall

Malaysia Sun-International·2020-02-22 13:59

Leadersin Haitimust step up and end the political impasse between President Jovenel Mose and the opposition.

UN Special Representative Helen La Lime updated ambassadors on latest developments in the prolonged divide on Thursday.

"Haiti is about to enter in its second year with a caretaker government, and its economy is forecast to sink deeper into recession."

NEW YORK, New York - Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the political impasse between President Jovenel Mose and a surging opposition movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top UN official there said on Thursday in a briefing to the UN Security Council in New York.

UN Special Representative Helen La Lime updated ambassadors on latest developments in the prolonged divide which has left Haiti without a functioning government, deflated the economy, and fueled insecurity.

"Haiti is about to enter in its second year with a caretaker government, its economy is forecast to sink deeper into recession, and 4.6 million of its citizens are now estimated to require humanitarian assistance," she said, speaking via videoconference from the capital, Port-au-Prince.

"To avoid a greater deterioration, Haitian leaders need to rise to the occasion and commit to a way out of this impasse that will best serve the interests of their people."

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