Haiti: THUMBS UP, HALFWAYS

A DISASTER BY THE STANDARDS OF STABLE DEMOCRACY, HAITI'S CHAOTIC ELECTIONS WERE STILL A SMALL TRIUMPH

The power may have been cut in Cap Haitien, but the air in Haiti's second largest city on the evening of June 24 crackled with electricity. Within 12 hours, nearly every elective position in the country would be up for grabs as more than 10,000 candidates vied for 2,195 local offices and 101 seats in the legislature. That accounted for the scene outside the town's election center, where thousands of empty ballots were in trucks, waiting to be delivered to the polls. The ballots, however, weren't going anywhere because workers had already made their feelings plain; they weren't going to be...

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