Haiti’s new president has been sworn in.
Yesterday, Jovenel Moise, took the oath of office on the grounds of the National Palace in Port au Prince.
A banana exporter, 48-year-old Moise is a first time politician, hand-picked by former Haitian president Michel Martelly, as candidate for his Bald Heads Party (PHTK), and is believed to be a pawn in Martelly’s agenda.
Moise’s inauguration returns Haiti to constitutional rule, following an almost 2-year long election cycle, since Martelly left office.
Moise was first declared winner of the October 2015 election, but those results were annulled amid allegations of voter fraud and corruption. He again won the re-run election in November 2016 with 55% of votes, negating the need for a run off.
After being sworn in, Moise delivered his inaugural address to thousands of people, including Haitian and foreign politicians and dignitaries from countries such as the U.S., Venezuela and France.
Saying “We can change Haiti if we work together”, Moise called for unity and promised to bring more investments and jobs to Haitians, strengthen institutions, and fight corruption.
Ironically, Jovenel Moise begins serving his 5 year term as Haiti’s president under investigation for money laundering, and with 3 of his opponents still challenging election results.