Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has declared that he will not step down from office until February 2022.
He made the announcement on Monday, after calling for nationals to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow members of the country’s diaspora to run for the presidency and other high-ranking offices.
The proposed constitutional changes are expected to be made public this week, and is due to be voted upon in April. Moïse told the nation, “It’s time to change it. We can’t continue like this. The country is paralyzed.”
He spoke on the first of a two-day transportation strike that paralyzed parts of Haiti and forced the closure of banks, schools and businesses.
This as opposition leaders step up their demands that Moise relinquish power on Sunday, arguing that his five-year term is over.