By Jim Uttley (with reports from Yvonne Trimble), Special to ASSIST News Service
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (ANS – February 11, 2017) — On February 7, 2017, Haiti inaugurated her 58th president. Jovenel Moise, a businessman with no prior political experience was sworn in during inaugural ceremonies in Haiti’s Parliament and on the lawn of the once National Palace destroyed in 2010 by a 7.0 earthquake.
The Inauguration was attended by international delegations including Venezuela, Canada, the Peoples Republic of Taiwan, the United States, and the European Union. Most notable was the inclusion of several evangelical missionaries, especially national television celebrities Joel and Yvonne Trimble of Haiti for Christ Ministries.
“The inauguration was the most Christian and spiritual Haitian inauguration to date,” stated Yvonne Trimble, “with lots of prayer and promises of development and security for Haiti.” The Trimble’s are hosts of a very popular Haitian Creole TV show known as “La Bonne Nouvelle” (The Good News) that’s broadcast across Haiti and in the United States and Canada via the Internet. Joel is one of the most recognized faces in Haiti. They have ministered in Haiti for over 40 years.
The President himself asked for “the Holy Spirit to lead us and we will have three days of prayer for His direction.”
“People have observed that there is an optimism that can be felt throughout Haiti,” Yvonne commented, “as foreign governments will now release millions of dollars in aid to develop agriculture and tourism in this beautiful Caribbean island.”
President Moise is a very successful banana farmer in Haiti’s North who has modernized agriculture and made it possible to grow and export bananas to North America and Europe. Several people have made comparisons between him and President Donald Trump. Some Christian leaders have referred to both leaders as being today’s Joseph, Esther, or Ezra, having been chosen by God to rescue and save their respective nations.
Since his election last year, the new president has been under a cloud of suspicion as his political opponents have made accusations concerning his relationships with individuals who are known drug dealers and involved in money laundering. Moise has continually denied any association with these people.
The president was appointed by former president Michel Martelly, who served out his term and was unable to run again under Haiti’s constitution. Martelly, whose career before running for president was as a popular singer of Kompa music and often compared to the late Michael Jackson. Martelly also had accusations that he had ties to similar persons but none of this has been proven in court.
Photo captions: 1) Jovenel Moise, Haiti’s 58th president sworn in on February 7 in Port-au-Prince. 2) The President and First Lady following the swearing in ceremony. 3) Yvonne and Joel Trimble, veteran Haiti missionaries whose popular TV show is seen by thousands at home and abroad. 4) Jim Uttley.
About the writer: Jim Uttley spent much of his childhood in Haiti where his parents served as missionaries. He is a writer and editor for Wiconi, a ministry of Indigenous Pathways (www.wiconi.com). He is also the editor of INDIAN LIFE (www.indianlife.org) and has written extensively on issues facing Indigenous Peoples of North America and elsewhere. Jim lives with his wife Jan in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have two daughters and a son, and seven grandchildren. You can e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to his website at www.threshingsledgepress.com.
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