Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Protesters criticise Haitian leader

UKPA Haitian protesters have marched to the collapsed national palace for a second week to criticise President Rene Preval, saying he failed the nation in the aftermath of its catastrophic earthquake. At least 1,000 people marched to the centre of the wrecked capital, where local police and UN peacekeepers stood guard. Tens of thousands more watched from the plastic tarpaulin-covered plots where they have lived since the disaster struck on January 12. The protesters said Preval has failed to help the estimated 1.3 million left homeless by the quake and that he overstepped his authority by saying he would remain in office for up to three months beyond his term if elections cannot be held by late November. Many chanted for the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Preval rose to power as Aristide’s prime minister, and many consider the […]

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