Haitians Await Election Results


A girl checks preliminary election results in Port-au-Prince. >>More Photos (Ron Haviv / VII for washingtonpost.com)

By all accounts, Haiti had a relatively peaceful election.

There were moments of chaos and lack of preparation on all sides, but the early word here is that more than 50 percent of Haitians voted. Now people are just waiting to see the results. Already the Rene Preval campaign is claiming a first round victory of over 60 percent of the vote, enough to win outright without a runoff.

Though the official count is still underway, local election officials were posting unofficial results at polling places throughout Port-au-Prince. In Preval strongholds such as Cite Soleil, he seemed to be ahead with as much as 90 percent.

As his supporters await word -- some with guns and others with dreams -- the capital has begun to regain some normalcy. Traffic is picking up, schools are to open and the checkpoints and U.N. patrols are fading.

Here again is the cycle of stilted democracy that has existed in Haiti since 1990: Election, overthrow, election, overthrow and now hopefully, a new era of sustained peace.

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv documents Haiti's presidential and legislative elections from Port-au-Prince. >>About This Blog

By washingtonpost.com |  February 9, 2006; 9:56 AM ET
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I just returned from Haiti, primarily the Northwest, the day after the elections. A proud time for many Haitians, to feel that they can play a part in Haiti's future. I worry, though, the Preval, a protege of Aristide, will continue the history of no-action with regard to public programs and relief for the people. He certainly did nothing to shorten the gap between the elite and the super-poor. I also worry that Preval, like his mentor, will not fight the hate and fear that the voodoo culture propogates...the country is gripped with fear and chaos. Change is mandatory and I'm not sure that Preval will deliver!

Posted by: Steve | February 9, 2006 12:00 PM

We need to be realistic. I think having elections over and over again gets us no where. We need to find out why the rule of law isn't working there and fix it. There is a failure in leadership in Haiti. The "my way or the high" attitude is what has gotten Haiti in the situation it is now. The so called leaders aren't capable of sitting down and irioning out there differences.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 9, 2006 12:12 PM

The real question is what's the game plan for avoid having those who aren't happy with outcome of the election from resorting to violence? Are they being offered a seat at the table?


Posted by: Silver Spring | February 9, 2006 12:31 PM

It is almost clear. The opposition in Haiti does not have any capable a trusted representative.. They can surely plot to continue overthrowing democratically elected presidents. in the absence of the Army, they have good and powerful friends up North. The Haitians know it. It is time for them to accept the facts without plotting another coup....with big bird.

Posted by: Ardouin | February 9, 2006 12:47 PM

The US Government and the International Community must keep Preval on a very short leash. His associaton with the ex-despot Aristide and the armed Pro-Aristide thugs are very troubling. Haiti has a very fractious society. I fear that Preval's presidency will only continue Aristide's legacy of further dividing the society. If the US Government and the International Community intends to work with Preval, they should only do so, in my mind, if he is willing to name either Mr. Baker, Mr. Simeus or someone from the opposition as his Prime Minister. Yes, let's work with Preval but with strict conditions.

Posted by: Patrick | February 9, 2006 01:28 PM

I think the Haitian people rely too heavily on the individual and not on the institutions that are there to serve them. By that I mean we need a boby of checks and balances to curb corruption and incompetence. And, since no one is never happy with the outcome of any elections there. I think they need to better taylor the electoral process to curb dissatisfactions with the outcome

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 9, 2006 02:54 PM

I just hope that he does not continue the politics of "shimerization" instituted by his mentor. This is the first time Preval is president outright, let's give me a chance to show us what he can bring as change in that poor island. A fact is certain that if he does not have the support of the international community to bring about law and order in the country we are back in the same mess. As they say in Haiti "Menm Salopri a Anko" MSA meaning the same mess all over again.

Posted by: | February 9, 2006 04:38 PM

"If the US Government and the International Community intends to work with Preval, they should only do so, in my mind, if he is willing to name either Mr. Baker, Mr. Simeus or someone from the opposition as his Prime Minister. Yes, let's work with Preval but with strict conditions."

There you go again. The "opposition" knowing very well that they don't represent anybody in Haiti besides themselves are asking the "international community" to force one of their own down the throat of the Haitian people again.

It is clear that Simeus, Charles Baker et al. did not manage to win the heart and mind of the voters in Haiti. Why don't they accept their loss and move on and leave Haiti to the Haitian people.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 9, 2006 06:33 PM

My thought on the election the people that voted for Mr. Preval are nothing less then poor individual who can't read and write that if someone who was once president and belong to the Lavalas party and then again changed the name to Lespwa if any true haitian know that was what ex-president Aristide or should I say a monster use to say in his speech therefore as far as Preval being president I think that haiti would be even worse in times due to the fact this man is still friends with this monster of a man I would rather Charles Henri Baker someone who's willing to move this country forward and help the country advance towad a better life you have haitian who are living abroad in different country's, who wants to go home and spend time with family and relax instead of worrying about being kidnap or rob by these low life thugs.So these peasant must be desperate to vote for someone who's giving them false hope saying he will bring back their former leader or better yet the devil like the saying "Misery Loves Company " these idiots love being miserable. My family is haitian with a lot of mixture in them and sometimes we should sit back and think look at these people how ignorant can you get .

Posted by: Kiskeya_La_Belle_Femme | February 9, 2006 07:27 PM

By the way, I expect the "opposition" together with their masters in the NED, IRI, USAID to do anything in their power to manipulate the outcome of these elections.

Terrorising the poor neighborhoods for 2 years, jailing their political opponents, fomenting insecurity, postponing elections 5 times due to "technical difficulties", having fewer polling stations, no voting stations in neighborhoods with large Lavalas constituencies due to lack of "security", delaying the opening of voting centers serving the poor are only the tip of the iceberg in their campaign to disenfrenchise Haiti's poor majority.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 9, 2006 07:48 PM

"I would rather Charles Henri Baker someone who's willing to move this country forward and help the country advance towad a better life you have haitian who are living abroad in different country's, who wants to go home and spend time with family and relax instead of worrying about being kidnap or rob"

While Haiti's poor majority want to elect someone from their political party who has demonstrated in the past to have their interest at heart, you want Charles Henri Baker so that Haitian like yourself can go home, spend time with their family and relax.

Well, I am very happy that people like yourself does not represent a majority opinion in Haiti.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 9, 2006 08:10 PM

wow, i can't believe some of these comments on here. calling the haitian people "low-life" and uneducated and therefore undeserve of a vote. asking for for the presidency to be given instead to Lord Charles Henry Baker, a mulatoe like Kiskeya_La_Belle_Femme with "a lot of mixture...", who obviously grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and doesn't care that people in Haiti are eating dirt pie a few feet from their walled mansions. these are the same MRE's from the group known as 184 who would have you believe they know what is best for the country, a country they have sucked dry for many centuries.
at the slight disapproval of the people's choice, they called 911 at the U.S. embassy to come rescue them in much the same manner a black man in Rundown City USA will call 911 and say a white person is being attacked to actually get the police to come in and save them.
let's be honest, these people, these MRE's are as much part of the problems as aristide, and as such they should have suffered the same fate as him by leaving also.
their ancestors didn't fight for haiti and yet they control the country and are more haitians than the "low-class" haitians whom they treat like 2nd class citizens.
already Lord Baker and his fellow Barons of 184 have said they will claim fraud in these elections and have hinted they will do everything in their powers (w/ the complicity of their friends of the IRI perhaps) to sabotage a rene preval presidency.
so unless some of these racist MRE's actually follow through with their intentions to leave, unless the international community finally decides to stop paying them attention, unless some of them actually GET IT and decide enough is enough, they will go ahead and ask their friends once again to put an economic embargo on a country whose people pose no treath to anyone and are only asking for a chance to better themselves and their kids, on a country that is already on its knees with no trees left to cut because that is what people do when they can't find alternate source of energy. when that happens of course, these MRE's won't be the ones sufforing behind their walled mansions with their kids off to $50,000 a year GU, while these "low-class" outside are eating dirt.

jj

Posted by: jeanjak dessalines | February 9, 2006 11:54 PM

oh, one more thing...voodoo is haitian and stop trying to badmouth it. if it wasn't for voodoo we wouldn't be the 1st black republic in the world.
everyone has a right to chose their own religion. by calling something you don't understand witchcraft and saying it prorogates hate etc... shows your level of ignorance.
missionaries are nothing more than the 21st centurie's version of columbus and the conquistadors who supposedly went to the new world to spread christianity by choving it down the troath of the natives and exterminate those who didn't want to go along.
that is why haiti is still paying the consequences today after many centuries of economic embargo. a bunch of voodoo worshipping black slaves who rose up and for 200 yrs thereafter have refused to let the white man tell them what to do.

jj

Posted by: jeanjak dessalines | February 10, 2006 12:19 AM

The latest news coming out of Haiti is that Preval may be heading to a run-off. The reason they gave for the narrowing of the gap is that Preval is less popular in the country side. Translate this to mean, it is easier for them to manipulate the outcome of the elections in the remote areas then in town like Gonaives, Port-au-Prince, Arcahaie, Croix des Bouquets etc...

On January 31st, 2006 Joe Mozingo of the Miami Herald quoted the american citizen, sweatshop owner, self-proclaimed governor of Haiti, Andy Apaid as saying:

"Préval might be the front-runner in the
first round, but that he will not get the majority he
needs to avoid a runoff. In the second round, Apaid
says the opposition to Préval -- now behind many
candidates -- will unite to defeat him.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/13752181.htm

What else can be expected when you have the same MREs who are desesperate to hold their grips on Haiti also in charge of preparing running and deciding the outcome of the elections with the blessings of the "international community".

Despite all their lips service about democracy, the "international community" just like these MREs are allergic to popular democracy. Think Venezuela, Bolivia, Palestine to name a few.

So stay tune...

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 11, 2006 02:08 AM

It is really sad to read some of those comments about Rene Preval or Jean- Bertrand Aristide like the Haitian dilema merely lies uppon one or two shoulders. It shows how they are far fetch from the nature of the haiti's political and social stagnation.I hope my assertion is right since it is better to be misguided or ignorant on the subject than to be fueled by individualism, by blind partisanship, or simply by pure disgust for the Haitian masses. Forgive me if I offend anyone, it is so far from my intention. I intent to urge and implore every party involved to quit, if they have any, every selfish, egocentric, or malefic plots to quell the chance of the elected government to progress. And also,I appeal to Mr. Rene Preval, the yet unofficial winer of the presidential election, to call for and implement the participation of the opposition for the better or the worst of the country. For the ones who are calling for the international community or the U.S. to put a tight rope on Preval neck, for any circumstances, I believe they've learned nothing from the partial result of the last election. Enough is enough! It is now time to be humble and reflected for the better of Haiti. PS:" tout moun se moun", If the masses of haiti are uneducated and ignorant we only has ourself, as a nation, to blame. Don't fault it on the expression of their will on the democratic platform.

Posted by: J.I. Barlatier | February 11, 2006 12:39 PM

Listen, those who talked bad about Mr. Preval you already know it they don't like Haiti . one more thing man propose God dispose thanks.MOISE

Posted by: moise,osnick | February 11, 2006 11:22 PM

These comments reflects where the MREs are coming from.

They are accustomed to have Haiti all to themselves. However, the Haitian people, the true heirs of the Haitian revolution, wants their fair share.

Neither the "international community" nor the MREs are ready for popular democracy. This is why the vote count is taking so long.

Things are very volatile in Haiti right now. Cite Soleil home to some 200,000+ people including women and children is paricularly vulnerable right now.


Posted by: margarette rateau | February 12, 2006 01:16 AM

this what have to say. no matter who gets into power. must pull everyone, from rich to poor together. stop dividing people. we all want are country to come together. UNION FAIT LA FORCE!

Posted by: nm | February 12, 2006 10:48 AM

I have heard these empty slogans before.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 12, 2006 11:22 AM

I can't believe half of these comments in here i don't understand why people are callig haitian people low lives and uneducated because if you think about it most of ya'll come from these low lives or uneducated people and if not u your parents or grandparents do so not ony are you disrespectng your self you disrespecting your self cuz thats where you come from that is your heritage/culture dummies. And from my understanding Preval and Aristide where good presidents because they keep the violence out and kids where getting good ducations and people had jobs so why are people complaning for isn't that what we want in haiti peace and quite and stability and hope for the next day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Miss Haiti | February 12, 2006 03:11 PM

One more thing i think voodoo is just uncalled for no reasons for it it is just another way to hurt and kill and turn pepole into things it is not needed in the haitian community it is just hurting us even more this is why alot of people can't succeed in life...

Posted by: Miss Haiti | February 12, 2006 03:18 PM

It is very unfortunate to see and to hear that my fellows haitians will never learn even by the most tangible facts. We commit the error today, We feel sorry now. We come back and do the same thing over again.It is like we are turning around a table until we get dizy and fall down. You want to govern the people. The people want you to go away. Go away. Give them a hance to choose whom ever they trust to govern them. They believe that you hate them and you know that you realy want to exploite them and humiliate them. You believe that the haitian people are second class citizen and you plan to treat them so. They don't want you. Learn to govern yourself first. I mean Educate yourself first. When your vision is large enough to see in everyone the equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had dreamed about during the past 50years,When you can humble yourself to learn that you are not that literate you think you are, When you learn that the color of your skin and the softnes of your hair or your origine are not enough to grant you the priority over the real people of our country, then you will start showing them love and respect. My people will trust you, they will love you, they will cherish you. My haitian people know how to respect who ever can show them respect. My people is a lovely people for anyone who can show them love. my haitian peolple is a compassionate people for anyone who has compassion. If they are with you and love you they will die for you.They are poor and living in misery but the are agreat nation. They love people but hate injustice. they love their leaders but they hate their mercnary(people who want to sale their rights for a dolla). Olease give the democracy a chance. Please give the people of haiti a chance. Please give the elected president a chance. Please give the world a chance to know the meaning of democracy.

Posted by: Rio | February 12, 2006 04:43 PM

A fixed Idea is worst than a bad one. You are afraid of giving the mass people of haiti a chance to show democracy to the people because you know what they did to their oppresors in the past: They kicked the french out of their land and freed themselves from bondage. Is this something wrong ? It is only right. You can say the same thing if you can put yourslves into their shoes. It is only bad because you need to enslave them still in the 21st century.The people of hati is a great nation. They freed themselves from the English people and from the spanish emperialism. You don't want them because they open the eyes of too many nations and help them to gain freedom. We help the american people gain their independence. The people of Haiti want to be partener of any great Nation who realy want a true democracy in the world today. I feel seek to see a democratic elected governor of a notion overthrwone by anyone and by the help of anybody

Posted by: rio | February 12, 2006 05:13 PM

The latest news out of Haiti is Vote count maninpulation.

According to Guy Delva of Reuters news agency:

The controversy that erupted Sunday over the election results centered on the electoral council's Web site and those issued by the council's director-general.

Jacques Bernard, the director general, said on Sunday that Preval had just under 49 percent. Figures on the Web site late Sunday had Preval at 49.1. But a graphic on the Web site generated by computer had Preval at 52 percent, above the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

"I went to school and the CEP has given two figures, 52 percent and 49 percent. Now there is a problem," said Preval, talking to reporters while sitting on a bench in the village square in his mountain hometown of Marmelade. "Forty-nine percent I don't pass. Fifty percent I pass."

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-02-12T211548Z_01_N12187838_RTRUKOC_0_US-HAITI-ELECTION.xml&archived=False

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 12, 2006 05:18 PM

I truly don't care who the president is .These are the following that my beautiful island needs:
1:A president who will turn the nation to God
2:A prisident who will stop the violence and the kidnappings
3:A presidedent who will reinforce the law
4:Apresident who will not fill his pockets with the money he gets from the inter national committees

Posted by: jean cetoute | February 13, 2006 01:27 AM

Posted by: | February 13, 2006 08:56 AM

I don't who die and made you an expert on Haiti.

You don't have to be a brain surgeon to know the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Like I thought they have already begun to contest the elections.

Whoever wrote the electoral system up to have a run-off if the leader doesn't have over 50% of the votes should be hanged as well as those who accepted it. It's non sense to have a run off when the second runner upper isn't even close by 10% of the votes.

You have to be an idiot if you think these elections weren't going to be contested. The reason this is happening is because the rules of the game isn't clear or just poorly written that it allows this kind of stuff to continue.

There is nothing new in blaming the interational community. The ones responsible are the leaders on playing field.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 13, 2006 09:26 AM

"I don't who die and made you an expert on Haiti".

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

Like I thought, they have already begun to contest the elections.

Whoever wrote the electoral system to include a run-off if the leading candidate doesn't have over 50% of the votes should be hanged as well as those who accepted it. It's non sense to have a run off when the second runner upper isn't even close by 10% of the votes.

You have to be an idiot if you think these elections weren't going to be contested. The reason this is happening is because the rules of the game aren't clear or just poorly written to allows this kind of stuff to continue.

There is nothing new in blaming the interational community. The ones responsible are the leaders on the playing field.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 13, 2006 09:32 AM

A few weeks ago, Juan Gabriel Valdes, the UN Representant in Haiti said the elections were Haiti's last chance. Well, if things continue to deteriorate in Haiti because of the expected violence over the allegations of fraud in the elections, the UN may not have a choice but to place Haiti as its protectorate. Perhaps face with a scenario of having Preval as President or this other options, certain elements of Haitian society whose ancestors did not even fight for Haiti's independence to abolish slavery would welcome the latter instead as it would be percieved the UN would be protecting their interests.

One thing is certain however, if things don't blow up in Haiti this week and you do have a 2nd round election for the top 2 vote getters, the UN will have to take over the process of running those elections to ensure the validity of the results.

A suivre...

jj

Posted by: jeanjak dessalines | February 13, 2006 11:27 AM

As always, the people of Haiti are caught between a rock and a hard place. Given the UN history in Haiti so far, one have to wonder whether they can guarantee fair elections.

Anyway, the word on the street of Haiti is: "they voted and they are not voting again."

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 13, 2006 11:58 AM

I don't understand why they have to come up with that trick to ignore the people's voice. The hatian people are not that stupid to go to a poll to cast "vote blanc" since when "blanc" was a candidate. The conseil electoral ought to be ashamed of that "coup d'etat electoral."
It is time now to give Haiti a chance.
"We are all going to be the loser"
Pitie pou Haiti

Posted by: Virginie Sampeur | February 13, 2006 12:02 PM

I believe that anyone who wants baker to be president of Haiti is insane. Those people should go to Psychitrist and have their head checked.

I believe that they want the world to keep humiliating us as Haitians. They should be ashamed. Because they are eating and drinking easily, they want to keep the people of Haiti in misery.

Please give the Haitian People a chance to develop the country. Make United States your home and forget about Haiti. Serve the white man for the rest of your life and get a few dollars of social security income when retired.

Rene Preval should try to amend the constitution and add a hanging or firing squad law for those who refuse to let the country go foward. I personally can draft that bill and submit it to Mr. Rene Preval for review and consideration.

Rolent
Pompano Beach, FL

Posted by: Rolent | February 13, 2006 12:16 PM

Dear friends,
Our country needs a God's fearing president that is going to call all haitiens to worship only the Creator. His cabinet members must be God's fearing people too. He should call everyone to desarm, those who rebel should be arrested, go to trial and condemned. If for no reason someone kill another, the law must prevail, to say the autority must execute that person as it is stated in the Book of law, the Bible. He should call for a census (denombrement). Everyone who is not a professional or is not having a job must leave the towns to go back to the country and work in farms. The government should place, in different areas, depots that are filled with differernt kind of seeds or grains to rent to the population. The government should ask for agricultural equipments donation or help from other countries to help the natives to cultivate the earth for prosperous crops that will be beneficial to the country and to sell abroad. The gov. should be able to use power pumps that will use the wasting water of the rivers to water the land up to the mountains, as it is done in Israel that has the same geographical view with Haiti, and where all kind of crops are cultivated in the mountains and in deserts. Remember that to return to our beautiful Haiti cherie we must be united, we must know what we want, we must plant back trees and penalize anyone that cut them down, we must not feed the four-ways (pa bay satan mange ni nan carrefour , ni sou pie boua, ni pa mete ganmel mange sou dlo, suspan voodoo. Si-l te bon, nou pa ta nan situation sa-a). Stop drugs. The God's fearing cabinet will oversee all gov. posts, to penalize those who are not credible.

I Samuel 15:22, 23 Obedience to the Creator is far more acceptable than sacrifices.

Posted by: | February 13, 2006 12:59 PM

Oh, another short comment,
Let us keep praying for our country for the total deliverance is coming from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ.

Posted by: P.A. Lauderhill, FL | February 13, 2006 01:04 PM

Haiti has a long tradition of religious tolerance where many religions coexist peacefully. Let's keep it that way.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 13, 2006 01:06 PM

Latest news...

Massive demonstrations all over the country. Demonstrators in the capital accused UN "peacekeepers" of opening fire on them. One person killed and 4 are wounded.

Renan Hedouville of CARLI(a Haitian human right organization) is calling on Juan Valdes to instruct the UN military command to respect citizen's rights to protest.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 13, 2006 01:13 PM

No one is asking the tough questions to the right people in this mess. One thing no one ever brings up is the fact that Haiti serves as a haven for alot of drug traficking. I think it's more than likely that these groups benifit the most from the chaos there. If anyone gets more out of the instability and mismanagment of the country it's most the illegal organizations.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 13, 2006 03:45 PM

I don't understand the resistance to mulatto rule. The average Haitian was better of inder pereiods of minority rule. The poor and uneducated are seldom good at ruling. The USA has only had a few presidents of humble origins but they were balanced by wealthy advisors. Poor people are good at being poor and creating more poor people. You can look at the degradation of the country's infrastructure under decades of majority rule. Baker won't win and Preval will most likely be the victor. The poor will keep multiplying and they will keep blaming the problems on the wealthy not on the ignorance and backwards behavior.

My anscestor left there 200 years ago and I will always have a special place in my heart for Haiti. They majority of Haitians need to become civilized and then they can should run the government but not now.

Posted by: Jeff | February 13, 2006 04:18 PM

N.U SOME VOTE FOR HAITIAN IN ELECTIN 7-2006

Posted by: JAKOO | February 15, 2006 12:18 PM

As words is coming in this morning that a deal has been reached to named Preval President of Haiti. There is also word of a new organization being formed to save a certain people in Haiti.

The "Give Haiti A Chance" Foundation is now accepting donations for self declared King of Haiti, American Andy Apaid, and his fellow Lords such as brother-in-law Charles Henry Baker, alleged assassin Dr. Boulos who escaped the country rather than face prosecution for his company's involvement in the distribution of tainted drugs that killed many innocent Haitian kids, and many other MREs, so they can finally leave the country and give Haiti a chance. These same individiuals and their accomplices such as House Slave Stanley Lucas of the IRI, who have been calling on their outside friends to cut off aid to Haiti whose poor majority have refused to go along with their racist plan to keep them down, should leave the country as they are part of the disease that is keeping the country from moving forward. If Aristide was a disease, SO ARE THEY.

We need an opposition in Haiti that is well respected, that has credibility, and that has the Haitian people's interest at heart. By easily asking the U.S. and others to intervene in our affairs and proclaiming their opponent against U.S. interest to get them to send the U.S. Marines have proven these indidivuals only have their own personal interests at heart. By asking the U.S. and others to put an economic embargo on the country, while they are at home enjoying their "Haiti" within their high walled chateaus, is irresponsible for only the people of Haiti will be hurt by such economic hardship.

We do need the likes of Manigat and others who made up the opposition. Afterall no one want a dictator in Haiti who will abuse the people's trust yet once again. We don't need extremists either from the left nor the right.

You have responsible opposition and you have MREs in Haiti. The individuals listed above and their sousous are MREs and they are in serious help at the moment. The UN and the OAS have realized their low moral characters and have refused to go along with their latest plan to steal the voice of the people of Haiti yet once again.

To help them, please make your donation out to the IRI in DC.

Let us all wish them GOOD RIDDANCE so that Haiti can finally has the chance it deserves.

from the words of my friend margarette rateau, "they shall not be missed".

jj

Posted by: jeanjak dessalines | February 16, 2006 06:58 AM

As jj just pointed out, this morning we are wakening up to the news that Preval has won the presidency. However, 129 seats in parliament are also up for grab and it is those who control legislature that will approve Haiti's prime minister. So far the media have neglected to inform the public on the outcome of the parliamentary election. At this juncture, it is fair to conclude the parliamentary election is also fraudulent.

In addition according to an article in the New York times the Lespwa party only had 78 canditates running for parliament when it needed 110.

With people like Reginald Boulos and Yourie Latortue running for parliament seats, the forecast for Haiti is expect additional storms.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 16, 2006 08:30 AM

I would like to give thanks to the Washington Post for covering the elections in Haiti. However, I would like to see more investigative efforts into the roots of the issues such the inconsistency of the US policy there and the failure of agencies that are supposedly skilled in run elections in environments similar to that of the island nation. When I hear of election fraud and poor preparations, I'm interested in how can that be given the international oversight.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 17, 2006 08:09 AM

According to Reuters News Agency, Max Mathurin, President of the electoral council, acknowledged publicly for the first time that the February 7 elections were tainted with fraud while Jose Miguel Insulza insists the votes were properly counted, and despite some reports, there should be no talk about fraud and nobody can prove there were irregularities.

Despite all the evidences pointing to the contrary, the international community never admitted the elections were tainted with fraud. They sidestep the issues completely by not calling for a recount of all the votes.

Brian Concannon has more on how their decisions will impact the presidency of Rene Preval.

http://www.haitiaction.net/News/BC/2_17_6/2_17_6.html

today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-02-17T195

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 17, 2006 04:32 PM

Oops!!! Here is the correct link to the Reuters newstory

http://today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-02-17T195

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 17, 2006 04:37 PM

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 19, 2006 10:53 AM

By accepting this election outcome, Preval shows clearly he is not a patriot and not a democrat. He should have accepted to go to a second tour as requested by the electoral law, win or lose.He should not have ordered the populace to take the streets.
The man the most apt to govern this country at this time , to help both the poor and the businessmen, the most able to represent Haiti in a dignified way is Lelie Francois Manigat. However, the majority in haiti votes with emotion and not with reason. There is no analysis of a situation or competency check. It is emotion , emotion and emotion even among some of the "educated".
A Manigat presidency belongs to a country where people are far more advanced and developped than Haiti. Too bad, really! God , have mercy on us!

Posted by: desk | February 19, 2006 02:34 PM

I disagree. I think that Leslie Manigat's failure to get the votes required is a reflection of his shortcomings. If you can't get the people behind you then the job isn't for you. The election was mostly about trust. Given the history in Haiti, Trust is a major issue. The people have to be able to trust you have their welfare at heart and that you will do what is necessary to better their condition. I think they made the right decision. Can Preval deliver is another issue.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 20, 2006 09:42 AM

Preval alone cannot solve all Haiti's problem.

First of all, the morally bankrupt 'haitian' elite have to realize it is not their indeniable right to rule Haiti. They have ruled Haiti throughout most of its history and have very little to show for it. They must cease being a destabilizing force because after all they cannot help themselves.

As the Jamaican Columnist, John Maxwell put it:
"the elite are like the scorpion in the old fable who seeks a ride across the river. He convinces a frog to ferry him across, promising upon his honour that he will not sting the frog.

The frog is doubtful, but agrees. As they begin to cross the river he again cautions the scorpion:
"Remember," he tells his passenger, "IF YOU STING ME, WE BOTH DIE!"

Those were his last words."


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20060218T210000-0500_99068_OBS_NO_MORE_LAVALAS__THE_FIRE_NEXT_TIME__.asp

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 20, 2006 12:47 PM

That was a cute story. But, I'm weary of general comments. I do not think we can say that all or even the majority of the elite in Haiti wouldn't like to see the country do better. I think corruption and crime cuts thru economic status. I think there's enough blame to go around for everyone. If there is going to be any meaningfull change it's going to take true leadership to bring skilled people in to work in good faith to make a difference.
Preval is going to have to set the tone for administration and the country.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 20, 2006 02:10 PM

No one ever said the entire Haitian elite is bad. There are the morally brankrupt ones and there are the ones who wants the best for Haiti. John Maxwell differentiate between the two in his column when he referred to the MREs as the Cuckoo Elite now roosting in Haiti.

Above all, the Haitian people understands that difference very well. They voted twice for Rene Preval althought he didn't necessarily come from humble beginnings.

For any real change to take place, the intransigeant elite and their foreign sponsors need to understand every human beings no matter where they live have political, social and economic rights that must be respected.

Rene Preval, the people choice, must be allowed to complete his mandate without any outside interference(CIA, USAID, CIDA, IRI, NED, NGOs, NDI, IMF, modern day conquistadores etc...) and without any more manufactured political crisis by the MREs or the cukoo elite roosting in and outside of Haiti.

Enough is enough!! Allow President-elect Preval to carry out the social and economic policies he is elected to implement. A less embattled government is to everyone's advantage.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 20, 2006 04:09 PM

As the world has turn its attention away from Haiti, the MREs also known as the Cuckoo elite or intransigeant elite are still maneuvering to keep their grips on power and keeping democracy from taking roots.

After postponing the elections five times and then trying to rig the Feb 7 elections, now there are talk that the runoff for the legislative election scheduled for March 19 will likely be postponed for the following reason: the one or two day(s) of street protests against conditions that were put in place to force a runoff between LESPWA and the "opposition" have prevented poll workers from finishing their duties.

AP is also raising the possibility that Preval's March 29th inauguration could be postponed since technically he can't take power without a sitting Parliament. This is despite the fact Latortue had pledged in December of last year to resign on Feb 7 (see Miami Herald December 3, 2005 page 14A - Haiti PM promises to honor vote).
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-haiti-difficult-democracy,0,1684833.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines.

Posted by: margarette rateau | February 28, 2006 03:49 PM

Whatever happened to Latortue's pledge to resign on February 7?

On the December 3rd 2005 page 14A issue of the Miami Herald (Haiti PM promises to honor vote), it was reported Latortue had pledged to resign on February 7, 2006, the day of the presidential and Legislative elections. Reuters (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N02326367.htm) has confirmed today that a run-off election for the senate and lower chamber would not take place on March 19, delaying the installation of Haiti's first elected government since the 2004 coup d'etat engineered by the Washington chimeres, the democratic convergence and the group 184 with the financial and logistical support of the US(see Max Blumenthal story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/uncovering-a-usplanned-c_b_14750.html) Canada and France.

The delay appears to be indefinite since no new date has been set.

Another question that comes to mind is why a run-off election is needed for the senate and lower chamber after it was discovered the February 7 elections were rigged?

Posted by: margarette rateau | March 2, 2006 04:24 PM

News of Haiti's unelected Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue, visiting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Quebec Premier Jean Charest this week-end outraged anti-Latortue activists in Montreal. The activists believe the meetings is linked to a report that came out in April 2004 titled The Role for Canada in Post-Aristide Haiti. According to one of the activists interviewed by the Montreal Gazette for this story, the report remain controversial in Montreal's Haitian community because of fears Haiti would become a quasi-protectorate whose governance is directly controlled by Canada and Quebec.

This brings to mind the February 22, 2006 meeting between the unelected Prime Minister and Juan Valdes where Latortue signed a controversial agreement that granted MINUSTAH extensive authority over the police and government, including a) a right of consultation before any police operation; b) veto power over police promotions; c) access to all files of any government official or entity relating to the police; and d) veto power over international agreements relating to the police.

It looks like the elections came to a halt to allow backroom deals that would make Haiti a protectorate of the "international community" thereby denying Haiti's poor majority their RIGHTS to SELF DETERMINATION.

Is their no shame? Is their no compassion? Is their no decency? Is this the 'Haitian' elite's way of expressing their patriotism?

This 'elite' is totally contemptuous of the Haitian people upon whom they feed.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=405062f4-fe3b-4ae5-8547-071d277ffaec&k=85709

Posted by: margarette rateau | March 11, 2006 03:37 PM

SHAME AND SCANDAL
Common Sense
John Maxwell
Sunday, March 12, 2006


In a most important comment on the Haitian situation, Brian Concannon, head of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti points out that

"February 7 was the fourth consecutive landslide victory for a Presidential candidate from the Lavalas movement. In any other country, such electoral success would translate into a long period of stability, and an opportunity for the victors to implement the policies they were elected on.

Instead, for three of those terms, there have been two coup d'etats leading to five years of exile for the elected President, a nearly perpetual controversy over legislative elections and very little progress on the root causes of Haiti's misery. " http://www.HaitiAction.net/News/BC/3_7_6/3_7_6.html

The reason is simple; a tiny group of people, some of them Haitians, has managed to engage the money and power of a tiny but powerful minority in the United States to develop strategies which have made government - as most people understand it -impossible in Haiti.

Since the Duvalier dictatorship was brought to earth by popular protest and mass action twenty years ago, a group of mostly white people, some of them Haitians, have successfully conspired to produce in the Caribbean the most extreme ideal of the libertarian fringe - a country without a functioning government.

Read more...

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20060311T100000-0500_100391_OBS_SHAME_AND_SCANDAL_.asp

Posted by: margarette rateau | March 12, 2006 12:47 PM

First of all, let me say, go to hell to all those who wish to see beautiful Haiti in the hand of this criminal and ruthless private sector. For years they have ignore the needs of the people. the problems that we have now in Haiti is not and were not born of yesterday, some of them were created by the nasty private sector. some of you who are writing here have never even been anywhere byt America. Do you know what is the role of a private sector? they should have been the engine of Haiti's economy. they haven't done anything for the country. almost 65% of haiti's budget is coming from outside, either from the US or Canada or the European Union. we have a group of Vampires in Haiti who enjoying the blood of the Haitian people with the help of the USA, Canada and France. I, myself, do not believe in the type of government that Preval is about to deliver, I think the way for me to solve Haiti's problem will be to organize a revolution just like the French did back at the end of the 1700's. we need to reclaim Haiti Hitian people, eliminate those who are against our development. So, my advise to you private sector, if you know what the French Revolution was about, stay tuned because it is about to happen to you unless, you agreed to share some of the wealth with the people of Haiti. I am very upset at those who are criticizing, and calling Aristide monster when they are working for the real monster who have brought Haiti to its knee. Observe and let me know what you have seen. the private sector of Haiti complains only when there is a people government in Haiti, why? because a serious and people's government close all their loopholes so they make as much as they were making.
They hate Aristide because he raised the minimum wage, he forced them to pay taxes, he creates other options for the poor to buy food for cheap. you have to understand that our private sector in Haiti is nightmare for the haitian people. I know some of you will try to defend your bosses, but before you can bring an argument, tell me what have this private sector have done for you or Haiti? if you think they have done something for you or haiti, what are you doing in America washing plates? why did you took the boat to come here? why do every time you go home people looked at you as a saviour? why is it that we send so much money back home? let me clarify something for you, the diaspora sent over 1 billion dollars every year in Haiti, do you know how much money left Haiti every year? try over 50 billions. where do you think all these money goes to, to those who employed this sickened private sector. In what serious country would you find someone from another country coming and fight against an elected president, I am not saying that Aristide was perfect, but whatever problems he had should have been our problem as Haitian. not the international Community's problem. So, if you don't know now you know, HAITI NEEDS A REVOLUTION AND THAT REVOLUTION IS ABOUT TO START VERY SOON. MARK MY WORD! A BON ENTENDEUR, SALUT!

Posted by: Neg Bel-Air | April 23, 2006 11:59 PM

the people of Haiti did not choose preval as their president.

President by putting a group thugs in the streets of port-au-prince "won" the elections.

I refuse to consider preval as Haiti's president.

Ce sont les memes voleurs qui sont retournes au pouvoir en haiti. C'est vraiment dommage, c'est une honte pour nous en tant que peuple. Les Haitiens ont tout perdu de leur fierte. Ils ne peuvent plus celebres les fetes nationales qui commemorent la victoire d'haiti sur les societes colonalistes et esclavagistes du debut de 19eme siecle.

Posted by: Yolande | May 15, 2006 05:03 PM

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