HAITI: A Shock to the System

HAITI: A Shock to the System

She won international praise for faithfully steering Haiti to its first free and honest elections. But last week former Supreme Court judge and interim President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot was arrested and charged with complicity in a foiled coup against her own 10-month-old government in January.

The surprise arrest stemmed from a takeover attempt led by former Duvalierist strongman Dr. Roger Lafontant after the populist Roman Catholic priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide won the presidency in the Dec. 16 vote. Pascal- Trouillot has said that she was kidnapped from her home and held hostage for 10 hours before loyalist troops stormed the National Palace and...

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