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Election debacle has Haiti again near turmoil

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on November 29, 2010

by Jonathan M. Katz and Ben Fox for The Miami Herald – Americas AP, November 29th, 2010.

Haitians entered election day hoping for the best. Within hours, ballot boxes were ripped to pieces, protesters were on the streets and nearly every presidential hopeful was united against the government.

Add it to Haiti’s list: Already reeling from a catastrophic earthquake, one of the world’s poorest economies, storms, a deadly cholera epidemic and unrest over U.N. peacekeepers, the Caribbean nation could now be on the edge of full-on political turmoil.

The chaos in Sunday’s voting united most of the top presidential candidates against the president’s heir apparent – Jude Celestin, head of the state-run construction company and beneficiary of a well-financed campaign.

Allegations ranging from outright fraud to polling-place disorganization that disenfranchised many Haitians nearly brought the election to a halt. Polling places opened late, voters could not find their names on lists, and some polling places were ransacked by thugs. (continue reading… )

 

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