PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert called on Monday at the parliament for the signing of a social pact for development, saying that instability is the enemy number one of the Caribbean country.
Privert, who on Feb. 7 will hand over the office to President-elect Jovenel Moise, said Haiti needs a brave leader capable of defending national interests beyond his own interest.
He emphasized that the nation is in a fragile, but stable position, while ensuring that his management saved the country from the economic catastrophe that it suffered almost a year ago when he assumed the presidency.
“I call on you today to work to settle on a governance pact to get the country out of this crisis. We have millions of people in need and we have to rebuild the great south of the country that was devastated three months ago,” the head of state told MPs.
Hurricane Matthew, hitting Haiti on Oct. 4, caused at least 573 deaths, directly affected 1.4 million people, left some 800,000 in need of food aid and displaced 175,000, mainly in the South and Southwest departments, the most damaged areas.
In an unannounced speech, the president reiterated his request for the unity of all Haitian powers, of all the citizens of the country, with the sole purpose of mapping the road to development and stability together.
Privert also stressed that he wished Haiti’s president-elect all the success and acknowledged that he will have “very hard” work ahead.
The 44-year-old entrepreneur in the banana trade Jovenel Moise, presidential candidate of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK), won the first round of elections on Nov. 20, in which he obtained 55.60 percent of the votes, according to the definitive data published on Jan. 3 by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haiti.
The interim head of state spoke at the end of the inauguration of six new senators, and after an atmosphere of agitation in the Parliament carried out by supporters of the senator-elect Guy Philippe, arrested on Thursday in Port-au-Prince and immediately extradited to the U.S., where he is accused of drug trafficking.
The CEP on Monday opened the campaign for the second round of Nov. 20 general elections, which will serve to complete the seats of the parliament and municipal governments.