Since February 2019, when President Jovenel Moise was implicated in the largest corruption scandal Haiti has ever known, the country has been mired in a violent crisis with political, economic and constitutional dimensions. Instead of heeding protesters’ demands to step down or addressing the allegations against him, Moise formed alliances with armed gangs that continue to terrorize the population and quash anti-government demonstrations.

Moise, who has been ruling by decree since July 2018 due to his inability to form a government, has also eviscerated the independent institutions that could hold him and his allies accountable. He is clinging to power even though his term in office technically ended on Feb. 7, arguing that he has more time because of a year-long delay in his swearing-in amid an electoral dispute surrounding the 2016 ballot. Now, Moise is trying to change the constitution through a referendum in order…

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