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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.

International Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly accused the trio this weekend of serving to gangs undermine Haiti’s present authorities and known 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 goal is to make sure that these people that are profiting from the violence, that are part of a corrupted system, are facing accountability,” she mentioned.

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

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

Haiti’s authorities has requested for a world army intervention to fight gangs who’ve strangled entry to gasoline and significant provides in the midst of the outbreak. Canadian army intervention in Haiti can’t occur until 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 because the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The chaos has spurred on an enormous migratory exodus from the island.

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