Haiti: Fragile as An Eggshell

Fragile as An Eggshell

Since soldiers overthrew Haiti's first freely elected President five months ago, restoring a functioning democracy has not proved easy. Last week, in an attempt to lift the crippling economic embargo imposed on the military-backed government by the Organization of American States, top politicians of the hemisphere's poorest country struck a complex deal at OAS headquarters in Washington.

The agreement calls for the eventual return to office of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a populist priest and champion of the poor; the formation of a Cabinet of national unity under Prime Minister-designate Rene Theodore, a former Aristide rival and Communist Party moderate; and...