Haiti’s president warns of humanitarian crisis, calls for support

Reuters, by Sarah Marsh, Andre Paultre, November 17, 2019

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti needs international support to tackle an unfolding humanitarian crisis, President Jovenel Moise said in an interview, two months into anti-government protests that have exacerbated food insecurity in the Americas’ poorest nation.

Moise also told Reuters he was holding closed-door talks with civil society groups and the private sector, as well as radical and moderate members of the opposition in a bid to break political gridlock by creating a government of unity.

However the 51-year-old president – who faces widespread anger over galloping inflation, rampant insecurity and allegations of corruption – would not say with whom he was talking. Haiti’s leading opposition parties have for months said the time for dialogue is over.

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