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Canada sanctions ex-Haiti president and prime ministers



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DJERBA, Tunisia — Canada has expanded its financial sanctions freezing the Canadian property of Haitian political elites to incorporate former president Michel Martelly and former prime ministers Laurent Lamothe and Jean-Henry Céant.

Overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly accused the trio this weekend of serving to gangs undermine Haiti’s present authorities and referred to as on worldwide companions to observe Canada’s lead. She made the announcement at a two-day Francophonie summit in Tunisia.

The Caribbean nation is paralyzed by gang warfare.

“Our aim is to ensure that these individuals which can be making the most of the violence, which can be a part of a corrupted system, are dealing with accountability,” she mentioned.

Haitian Overseas Affairs Minister Jean Victor Généus mentioned the brand new sanctions put actual penalties on these inflicting a “nightmare” in his nation.

“These sanctions can have a dissuasive affect,” he mentioned in French, whereas seated Saturday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Joly.

Haiti’s authorities has requested for a global navy intervention to fight gangs who’ve strangled entry to gasoline and demanding provides in the course of the outbreak. Canadian navy intervention in Haiti can’t occur except all political events within the troubled nation comply with it, Trudeau mentioned Sunday.

The nation is seeing rising violence and more and more brazen assaults by Haitian gangs which have grown extra highly effective for the reason that July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The chaos has spurred on an enormous migratory exodus from the island.

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