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3 Big Problems in Haiti, 5 Years Post-Quake

This article covers the current political crisis in Haiti, what happened to the aid money donated to Haiti after the earthquake, and the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers. All three issues can be tied back to international intervention in Haiti. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon is cited in the article.

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Five Years After Devastating Haiti Earthquake, Protesters Want President Martelly to Resign

Samuel Oakford, VICE News
January 12, 2015

Protests in Haiti against President Michel Martelly seen over the weekend continued on Monday, as the impoverished country marked five years since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and upended the lives of millions of Haitians.

Demonstrators in the capital of Port-au-Prince, some of whom lit tires on fire and clashed with riot police, are demanding that Martelly step down before his term expires in 2016.

Martelly, who was elected a year after the earthquake struck, has not called elections in three years. Opposition lawmakers have at times blocked parliamentary efforts to address the electoral crisis, claiming that Martelly’s proposed solutions allow him to exert unconstitutional control over voting.

A third of Haiti’s 30 Senate seats remain vacant. The terms of another third of the Senate and those of the entire House of Deputies are set to expire on Monday, possibly leaving Martelly to rule the country by decree. The president has taken to appointing local officials in the absence of countrywide polls, many of whom would otherwise be elected.

Despite a tentative agreement with opposition leaders that Martelly reached late on Sunday calling for elections later this year, it remains unclear if a constitutional crisis has been averted.

 

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