Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

With a new interim president, what can we expect for Haiti elections?

Haiti now has an interim president whose mandate is to organize new elections before stepping down in 120 days. Many are worried that this won’t be enough time to give the previous problems with the elections the attention they deserve. In this interview, Jake Johnston of Center for Economic and Policy Research cautions against setting expectations without knowing how realistic they are. After all, the international community’s tendency to force such timelines is one of the reasons the political crisis has gotten so serious.

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With no sitting president, Haiti grapples with renewed political turmoil

Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC Radio’s The Current

February 15, 2016

It’s been 30 years since Haiti’s former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, was ousted and exiled, leaving a power vacuum at the top.

Last week, the country found itself, again, with no president. Michel Martelly, elected in 2011, stepped down from the presidency just over a week ago, with no elected successor in place.

A first round of elections in December were marred by allegations of fraud, sparking protests that scuttled the run-off vote. The young democracy took a step closer to getting back on track Sunday when its parliament chose an interim president.

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