HAITI: The Battle of Article 81

Campaigning for the presidency, Candidate Louis Déjoie, a rich planter, has been advertising himself as "a production engineer, not a politician." To the humble Haitian voters, Déjoie may be a haughty aristocrat, but his promises have made him a leading candidate. Last week, abundantly proving that he is not a politician, Déjoie threw away his lead.

Haiti is supposed to elect its next President in April, although no exact date has been set. Holding down the office until then was Joseph Nemours Pierre-Louis, the Supreme Court justice who constitutionally succeeded ousted President Paul Magloire (TIME, Dec. 24). Inoffensive President Pierre-Louis sat...

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