Amid the continuous protest in Haiti, its incumbent leader is still strong to hold his position in the midst of calls for his resignation.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise has said he “will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers”, amid continuing protests in the countryside.
Moise broke his silence in a television address after a week of violence in which at least seven people have been killed, as of writing.
The protests were rooted on corruption allegations versus President Moise, however, he denied all these claims.
Meanwhile, the US has ordered the departure of “all non-emergency US personnel and their family members” from Haiti.
Due to the continued chaos, Canada has temporarily closed its embassy.
In the past week, thousands of people have rallied in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities, burning tyres and throwing stones at police.
A number of foreign tourists have been trapped in their hotels as the security situation deteriorates.
President Moise – who has been in power since 2017 – has called for talks with the opposition, to no avail so far.
Opposition groups called for protests after a court report alleged that officials and former ministers had misappropriated development loans made by Venezuela to Haiti after 2008.
The report also suggested that President Moise had been involved in irregularities.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean and 60% of the population live on less than $2 (£1.56) a day.