Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

What Led to Haiti’s Political Crisis?

The current electoral crisis in Haiti can be traced back to the laws created when former dictator Duvalier went into exile. These laws were meant to check any branch of government from becoming too powerful but have been abused by many presidents to prevent other government branches from functioning. Most recently, US-installed President Martelly has used them to delay elections for over 3 years. Now that most of the terms of Parliamentarians have expired, Martelly is left with full control of the Haitian government. Click HERE for the original article. What Caused the Haitian Election Impasse? Teresa Welsh, U.S. News & World Report January 13, 2015 Haiti’s government failed to reach an agreement to schedule parliamentary elections before a midnight deadline passed Tuesday morning, leaving President Michel Martelly to rule by decree. The elections have been repeatedly postponed since 2011 as the […]

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