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        <h1 class="reader-title">Haitian Teachers Will Go Back to Work
          Only If President Resigns</h1>
        Published 21 October 2019</div>
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              <p>Hundreds of teachers protested peacefully Monday in the
                Haitian capital Port-au-Prince calling for the
                resignation of President Jovenel Moise as they warned
                this would be the only precondition for the resumption
                of the school year.</p>
              <p>The teachers were joined by students, parents and other
                protesters who for a whole month have been demanding the
                resignation of the president, who they accuse of
                aggravating the socio-political and economic crisis the
                country is going through.</p>
              <p>“The school is closed today, it is our way to rethink
                education. Today, we need to form citizens, but for
                that, Moise and the other legal robbers must be locked
                up in the penitentiary,” the General Secretary of
                the National Union of Haitian Educators Josue
                Merilien said.</p>
              <p>In other cities such as Cap-Haïtien in the northern
                part of the country, and Les Cayes located in the south,
                hundreds of demonstrators joined the teachers'
                mobilization, vowing they will continue the fight until
                the president steps down.</p>
              <p>The teachers constitute one of the last groups to join
                the growing mass of social organizations and political
                platforms that demand the initiation of a new government
                capable to address the population’s most pressing
                problems.</p>
              <p>More than 100 social, political and economic
                organizations and institutions recently signed a
                document calling for the creation of a national rescue
                government in order to achieve a successful transition,
                after more than two years of a failing presidency.</p>
              <p>In their statement, they denounced the government’s
                loss of control of the state apparatus, and they
                stressed the chaotic situation the country is facing and
                that is paving the way to an imminent humanitarian
                disaster.</p>
              <p>Within the opposition front, although the common
                objective is the removal of Moise, there is still
                dissent on the issues of the power transfer process and
                the formation of a new administration.​​​​​​​</p>
              <p>For his part, Moise, said last week in a controversial
                press conference that he will remain in office despite
                the pressure.</p>
              <p>“The Constitution is clear. People voted for me in the
                last elections. The Constitution specifies when I must
                leave power and how to do it. The power belongs to the
                people and the people have given it to me through the
                Constitution,” the head of state stated.</p>
              <p>Meanwhile, it is estimated that about three million
                students do not attend schools since mid-September and
                the beginning of the daily demonstrations.</p>
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