“We have arrested 23 people for conspiracy against the state,” Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent said. Among them is a Supreme Court judge, he said.
According to Haiti’s constitution, presidential terms last five years. Haiti’s Superior Court of Justice and the country’s opposition movement say that Moise, who won a runoff vote in 2016, was due to step down on Sunday.
“My Administration received from the Haitian people a constitutional mandate of 60 months. We have exhausted 48 of them. The next 12 months will be devoted to reforming the energy sector, carrying out the referendum, and organizing elections,” Moise tweeted Sunday.
Price also urged Moise’s government “to organize free and fair legislative elections so that parliament may resume its rightful role” and to “exercise restraint in issuing decrees.”
In a televised address Sunday, Moise told the country, “I gave a formal order to authorities to arrest and put in jail everyone who trying to cause chaos in the country,” he added.
Security forces have searched the homes of dozens of opposition leaders across the country, according to opposition leader André Michel.