President of the Republic of Haiti
Président de la République d'Haïti  (French)
Prezidan Repiblik Ayiti (Haitian Creole)
Ariel Henry[1][2][3]
 since 20 July 2021
Head of state of the Republic of Haiti
Executive branch of the Haitian Government
ResidencePalais National
SeatPort-au-Prince, Haiti
Term lengthFive years
Renewable once non-consecutively
PrecursorEmperor of Haiti
Formation17 February 1807 (1807-02-17)
First holderJean Jacques Dessalines
SuccessionLine of succession
Salary250,000 Gourdes per month[4]
WebsiteLa Présidence

The president of Haiti (Haitian Creole: Prezidan peyi Ayiti, French: Président d'Haïti), officially called the president of the Republic of Haiti (French: Président de la République d'Haïti, Haitian Creole: Prezidan Repiblik Ayiti, pronounced [pɣɛzidan ɣepiblika ajiti]), is the head of state of Haiti. Executive power in Haiti is divided between the president and the government, which is headed by the prime minister of Haiti.[A133] Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry currently serves as Acting President following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July 2021.[5][6][7][8][9]

Term and election

A number of qualifications for the presidency are specified by Chapter III, Section A (Articles 134 and 135) of the 1987 Constitution of Haiti.

The president is elected to a five-year term by popular vote. The president may not be elected to consecutive terms; he may serve a second term only after an interval of five years, and may not run for a third term.[A134]

To be elected president, a candidate must:[A135]

  1. be a native-born Haitian and never have renounced nationality;
  2. be 35 years old by election day;
  3. enjoy civil and political rights, and not have been sentenced to death, penal servitude, or the loss of civil rights for a crime;[unreliable source?]
  4. be the owner of real property and have one's habitual residence in the country;
  5. reside in the country at least 5 years before election day;
  6. have been discharged of responsibilities if he previously handled public funds.

Elections are held on the last Sunday in November in the fifth year of a president's term. However, in actuality Election Day is not fixed, per the election held in 2015. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two candidates. The runoff candidate with the highest number of votes becomes president.[A134]

Each presidential term is supposed to begin and end on the February 7 immediately following the last presidential election. However, this has not always been observed, as when Michel Martelly became president on May 11, 2011. [A134]

Duties and powers

Other qualifications for the presidency are specified by Articles 136 to 147, part of Chapter III, Section B of the 1987 Constitution. The president has no powers except those accorded to him in the Constitution.[A150]

The Constitution mandates that the president see to:

  1. respect for and enforcement of the Constitution and the stability of government institutions;
  2. regular operations of public entities;
  3. the continuity of the State;[A136]; and
  4. the nation's independence and the integrity of its territory.[A138]

When there exists a majority in Parliament in favor of a new government, the President must choose a prime minister from the majority party; otherwise, he chooses one after consultation with the two houses of Parliament. In either case, the choice must then be ratified by Parliament. The president terminates the duties of the prime minister when the Government resigns.[A137]

The president declares war and negotiates and signs peace treaties with the approval of the National Assembly,[A140] and signs all international treaties, conventions, and agreements, submitting them to the National Assembly for ratification.[A139] The president also accredits ambassadors and special envoys to foreign nations, receives letters of accreditation from ambassadors of foreign powers, and issues exequaturs to recognize consuls.[A139-1]

With the approval of the Senate, the president appoints the generalissimo of the Haitian armed forces and of the Haitian police forces, as well as Haiti's ambassadors and consuls to foreign states.[A141] The president is himself the commander-in-chief of the armed services.[A143]

With the approval of the Council of Ministers, the president appoints the directors-general of the civil service, as well as delegates and vice-delegates of various departments and arrondissements. [A142]

The president ratifies laws, and has the right to choose between ratifying a law or not. [A144]

The president may reduce or commute sentences in all res judicata cases, except ones imposed by Supreme Court judges. The president, however, may not grant amnesty to non-political prisoners.[A146][1]


The National Palace in the capital Port-au-Prince served as the official residence of the president of Haiti,[A153] but was severely damaged in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and was demolished in 2012. In place of the National Palace, President Moise used his home at Pelerin 5 in Pétion-Ville as a temporary Presidential Palace before relocating to another home in the Juventas area.[10] As of 2023, the current president of Haiti lives in Haiti.[2]

Line of succession

Under the 1987 Constitution, the presidential line of succession went first to the president of the Supreme Court of Haiti, then to the vice-president of the court, and then to puisne judges in order of seniority. An election for president was required within three months of a vacancy occurring, and the acting president could not run for the office. This provision was amended in 2011–2012 to remove all judges from the presidential line of succession, instead designating the Council of Ministers, under the Presidency of the prime minister (Article 149 of the Haitian Constitution).

Latest election

Main article: November 2016 Haitian presidential election

See also


^ [A___] citations are Article numbers of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of Haiti. A government-issued but unofficial (and error-prone) English translation is available at and and the French original is available at


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