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Constitutional ABCs

Article 134-2 makes the new president start immediately after the election. It juggles the schedule to accommodate this. But the then-acting president didn’t let Moïse start immediately. That nixed Article 134-2, both substance and enabling scheduling

U.N. Not Calling Term at an End

The secretary-general’s report does not mention it except in passing as a claim made by the opposition (page 2). It says that the government is losing the battle against the gangs and kidnapers, but in fighting them committed eighty-two human-rights violations.

How Article 134-2’s Parts Interact

ARTICLE 134-1. The term of the President is five (5) years. Jovenel Moïse was inaugurated in February 2017. He didn’t begin in 2016, as per Article 134-2 as amended, so the backdating in that amendment is also out.

Constitutions Are Paper

Article 284-3: General elections to amend the Constitution by referendum are strictly forbidden.. That nixes President Moïse’s plan for a referendum on a new constitution

Taking a Knee

We join the demonstrators on Sixteenth Street just north of the St. John’s Photo-Op Church, and one and a half block north of the Adult Daycare Center (formerly quaintly known as the White House)