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Will interim government agreement end Haiti’s political crisis?

An agreement has finally been reached regarding Haiti’s interim government after Michel Martelly’s departure from the presidential post. Many are asking, however, if the terms of the agreement will satisfy disillusioned Haitians who have been protesting in the streets for months. It is also unclear whether the interim government will review the votes from previous fraud-tainted elections before holding the final round. The agreement, though, seems a step in the right direction.

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Provisional government to rule Haiti after Martelly departs

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
February 6, 2016

Haiti President Michel Martelly says a last-minute agreement on how a caretaker government will be installed in Haiti after he leaves office Sunday is intended to help the country get out of its ongoing political impasse.

“But the problems are still here, the problems are real, the problems are serious,” said Martelly, who gathered the press, foreign diplomatic corps and members of his government and parliament to the presidential palace to witness the official signing of the accord.

Martelly and leaders of both chambers of parliament reached the deal hours before his term ends with no elected successor to pass the presidential sash to. Martelly, recognizing the support of the international community, noted that this was a “solution out of the crisis” that was decided upon by Haitians after three weeks of negotiations. Those negotiations, often stalled and frustrating, finally concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning with a deal. Prime Minister Evans Paul was notably absent from the signing ceremony.


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