WASHINGTON, April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- During a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., Jovenel Moise, the winner of the October 25, 2015 first round, called on US policymakers and opinion makers to hold accountable acting President Jocelerme Privert and the Provisional Electoral Council to: respect the political agreement signed by all parties on February 5; hold the second round elections between the top two finishers; and, turn the government over to the newly elected authorities on May 14 as stipulated by the agreement.
Moise stated, "We are not asking for any special favors, we just want the Haitian people to have the opportunity to vote for their next President. The people of Haiti deserve an elected President and government, and not a provisional one that is selected by the traditional political elite and intends to remain in power indefinitely."
In high-level government meetings and with multilateral agencies, Jovenel Moise discussed the current political and electoral situation in his country with officials at the US State Department and the Organization of American States.
Moise also met with executives at the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue, all leading Think Tanks on hemispheric issues in Washington, D.C. He also took part in a luncheon offered to him by The Heritage Foundation, which was very well attended by US Congressional Staffers.
During each visit Moise reiterated a clear and strong message to the Washington community. Democracy in Haiti must be protected from unelected provisional authorities that are seeking to remain in power indefinitely. The presidential candidate noted that the provisional authorities have already violated the political agreement that allowed them to assume office by not holding the second round on April 24, 2016 and by not handing power over to a democratically elected president on May 14, as mandated by the agreement.
"We must ensure that all Haitians abide by the constitution and the rule of law, and discontinue to deviate from it – we must protect democracy in Haiti," Moise told his audiences.
During these meetings, Mr. Moise heard encouraging words of support from high-level government officials, congressional staffers, think tank executives and other attendees. They also shared their concern with the backwards slide of democracy in Haiti.
Mr. Moise will return to Haiti this Wednesday afternoon to continue advocating for elections as soon as possible, as outlined in the February 6th agreement.