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Pressure Builds For CARICOM To Step In, As Haiti’s Political Crisis Worsens

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Dieu Nalio Chery
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Haitians in December protest spiraling gang violence and what they call President Jovenel Moise's inability if not unwillingness to rein it in.

Unless Haiti’s crippling political impasse is resolved and dialogue takes place between its warring political factions, the outlook for presidential and long overdue legislative and municipal elections happening this year will be grim, a group of experts with the 15-member Caribbean Community regional bloc has concluded.

In a confidential report obtained by the Miami Herald, a four-member expert team notes that as the political and constitutional crisis in Haiti deepens and criticism of its leading international partners mount, there is a desire for the Caribbean Community regional bloc known as CARICOM to step into the fray and play mediator.

But that would mean CARICOM, which no longer has offices in Haiti, will need to have a presence on the ground; seek the support of some of the major countries and international organizations in Haiti that make up what’s known as the “Core Group,” and be mindful of the “complex, fickle and slippery nature of the Haitian political terrain.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.