Accused drug trafficker Guy Phillippe, who was also a leader in Haiti’s 2004 coup, has claimed he is “ready for war” if Haiti’s transitional government isn’t representative of the provinces. Now that Haiti’s second round of presidential elections have been cancelled with the current president’s term set to expire February 7th, Haiti seems poised for a transitional government but it’s unclear who would head or choose it. No date has been set for the next round of elections yet.
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Ex–Haiti coup leader decries canceled presidential election
Al Jazeera America
January 24, 2016
A Haitian former coup leader wanted by the United States for smuggling cocaine called on his supporters on Sunday to resist “anarchists” who forced a presidential election to be canceled — a sign of deep polarization that could lead to more unrest.
The former rebel, Guy Philippe, called for counterprotests and said he would not recognize any transitional government put in place when outgoing President Michel Martelly leaves office on Feb. 7 unless it was representative of the provinces.
“We are ready for war,” Philippe said. “We will divide the country.”
It was not clear how much support he can muster, but he remains popular in his southern stronghold of Grande-Anse, and the tone of his remarks points to the depth of polarization over the political crisis.
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