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Jovenel Moïse (1968–2021), president of Haiti

by Linnea Crowther

Jovenel Moïse was the president of Haiti since 2017.

A controversial presidency

Prior to his political career, Moïse was a businessman whose projects included a water plant and a banana plantation. The election that brought him to the presidency was a controversial one, with some calling the results fraudulent. During his presidency, Moïse instituted some necessary reforms, including an update to the penal code. But some protested what they called corruption and an overreach of power, as Moïse sought to strengthen the powers of the presidency. The election that brought Moïse to power was postponed, and many believed his presidency should have ended in February 2021, though he asserted that his tenure continued for an additional year due to the postponed election. Moïse’s time in office was also marked with protests against rising fuel prices and economic instability in Haiti.

Tributes to Jovenel Moïse

Full obituary: The Washington Post

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