Haiti: Sliding Toward The Abyss

Sliding Toward The Abyss

The promise of democracy was deferred again in Haiti two weeks ago as the Electoral Council announced that elections scheduled for Nov. 4 would be postponed until perhaps December because of a lack of funds. The news threatened to unravel the caretaker administration of President Ertha Pascal Trouillot, whose six-month-old transition government has already been tarnished by charges of corruption and incompetence. "She cannot make good on her pledge to hold genuine elections, so her administration has lost its reason to exist," observed Gerard Pierre-Charles, a left-wing political analyst. "We are sliding inexorably toward the temptation of a military coup."


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