U.S. warns against moves that damage institutions in Haiti amid political gridlock

Reuters, February 10, 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” about Haiti’s fragile institutions, although it stopped short of chastising President Jovenel Moise after his government retired three Supreme Court judges who posed a threat to his leadership.

Fresh political turmoil engulfed the volatile Caribbean nation this weekend after Moise alleged there was an attempt to overthrow the government and 23 people were arrested, including a Supreme Court judge and a senior police official.

The detained judge was one of three Supreme Court justices who the opposition approached as possible candidates to be interim leaders of a transitional government to take over from Moise until elections are held.

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