Breaking News: Jovenel Moise sworn in as 58th President of Haiti

Posted by on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Under: Haiti Breaking News

Jovenel Moise has officially been sworn in as the 58th President of Haiti after a breathless electoral process that started October 2015.

Earlier today, Moise took the oath of office, next to his wife, Martine Etienne, in front of the Haitian Parliament, and the presence of many foreign dignitaries from countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Taiwan and Venezuela, including Presidents of the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

Many former Haitian presidents were also present at the investiture ceremony of the businessman turned politician; his predecessor Michel Martelly, as well as Rene Preval and Prosper Avril. Notably however, former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, twice elected and twice overthrown, who is currently living and Haiti and whose political party Fanmi Lavalas came in fourth place in the election, was not present. It is not clear if the former president was not invited, or if declined to attend.

Former President Rene Garcia Preval with his wife Elisabeth Debrosse Belatour image credit @

As customs, following the swearing in at the parliament, Moise and hundreds of guests, attended a religious ceremony, then made a trip to the National Museum of Haiti (MUPANAH) where the remains of Haiti's founders: Toussaint L'Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines are rested, and laid a wreath.

Moise took the reins of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, recurrently plagued by natural disasters and political instability; he faces 
the towering task of uniting a bitterly divided nation; his victory came a year-and-a-half after he came in first position in an initial vote that would eventually be thrown out amid suspicions of fraud and violent protests that paralyzed the country. Moise went on to win the presidency in the first round of the redone election, November 20, 2016, with 55.67% of the votes.  

Jovenel Moise also comes into office amid unprecedented political and corruption scandals embroiling himself and the political party under which he was elected. The newly sworn in President is currently under investigation for alleged money laundering. UCREF, a government agency said that during a routine audit they found a bank account which Moise held with his wife was involved in money laundering. 
The UCREF report cited financial transactions of Jovenel Moise between 2007 and 2013 which were considered suspicious and forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office at the Civil Court . 

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The cloud impeding over the new presidency has heightened the uncertainties, especially after Senator-elect, Guy Philippe, from Moise party, was arrested and extradited to the United States on drug and money laundering charges, following a ten years warrant from the DEA.

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