HAITI: From Banana Exporter To President

(NAN) A 48-year-old banana exporter, who has never held political office, was yesterday sworn in as Haiti’s new President.

Jovenel Moise took the oath of office on Tuesday in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince some three months after winning a November election redo with 55 percent following a two year election cycle.

Yesterday, before an audience that included US government representatives, he vowed to stimulate the economy and create more jobs.

His pledge comes even as Haiti’s Central Unit of Financial Intelligence alleges that the now new President laundered $5m through suspicious money transfers. But Moise has denied the charges.

On Tuesday, in his inaugural address he insisted: “We can change Haiti if we work together.”

The US State Department in a statement said “the United States congratulates President Jovenel Moïse on his inauguration as the 58th president of Haiti, following an extended electoral period and the additional challenge of recovery from Hurricane Matthew.”

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