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At least one person died and several were injured during demonstrations held this Wednesday in the capital of Haiti against the country’s president, Jovenel Moise, who is promoting the drafting of a new Constitution.

Thousands of Haitians again took to the streets of Port-au-Prince and other cities in the country to demand the moise resignation, who is accused by the opposition of corruption and of handling power like a dictator.

Moise has governed by decree since last January, when the mandate of the deputies and most of the senators ended, as a result of the postponement of the Parliamentary election planned for 2019.

Violent clashes

The protesters confronted the Police at various points in the capital, such as Champ de Mars Square, in front of the National Palace, where a young man received a head shot that caused his death.

Preliminary reports also claim that several people were detained by the police officers, which dispersed the protesters with tear gas and lethal ammunition.

Along the route, the protesters raised barricades with fire, they threw stones at the officers and set fire to at least one police car.

Massive calls

“We summoned people and they responded by the tens of thousands,” said Pitit Dessalines party leader Moise Jean Charles at one of the demonstrations, which was aimed United States embassy.

In the cities of Saint-Marc, Jacmel, Gonaives, Les Cayes and Cap Haitien, anti-government protests which brought together several thousand protesters.

The opposition He promises to continue demonstrating until February 7, 2021, the date on which he considers Moise’s mandate should end, based on the interpretation of an article of the Constitution.

International support

Both the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States support that Moise’s term ends in February 2022, since he was elected in 2017 for a five-year term.

However, both the OAS like Washington, they are pressuring Moise to call the postponed legislative elections as soon as possible, without waiting for the drafting of a new Constitution, as the president wishes.

In a speech while the demonstrations were unfolding, Moise has called for “unity” to all the political forces to undertake the reforms that the country needs.

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