August 25, 2010
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean isn't going to be president of Haiti. Not now, anyway. The country's Provisional Electoral Council has rejected his candidacy along with 14 others and issued a list of 19 approved contenders for the Nov. 28 vote. Unfortunately, the commission did not explain its ruling, but it is widely understood that Jean and a handful of the others were declared ineligible to run because they had not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years as required by law. Jean initially accepted the decision, then backtracked on Twitter, saying he would challenge it. His first instinct was the right one. He can help Haiti most now by ending his bid with grace.
October 10, 2009 |
A surveillance plane assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti crashed into a mountain, killing all 11 military personnel on board, the United Nations said. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas in New York said the Uruguayan CASA 212 aircraft went down in rugged terrain west of Fonds-Verrettes near the border with the Dominican Republic. Rescue teams had to go to the area on foot because there were no roads there. When they arrived, they found no survivors, she said. The bodies were recovered and were being taken back to the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to a statement from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
April 27, 2008
Haiti: An April 13 article in Section A about the ouster of Haitian Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis incorrectly reported earlier observations by President Rene Preval about his exiled predecessor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. It reported Preval as having said that Aristide could be subject to arrest if he returned to Haiti because of pending criminal charges against him in Miami alleging corruption and instigating violence. The allegations were not criminal but part of a civil complaint brought by the interim government of Haiti against Aristide in U.S. District Court in southern Florida in November 2005.
February 23, 2006 |
Ousted President JeanBertrand Aristide has the constitutional right to return to Haiti whenever he chooses but may want to keep in mind that charges have been filed against him, President-elect Rene Preval said Wednesday. In his first major public statement since being declared the winner last week of a Feb.
February 20, 2006 |
Robert Manuel doesn't say much, but his omnipresence at the side of President-elect Rene Preval speaks volumes about the next head of state's newfound independence. Manuel was national security chief in the first years of Preval's 1996-2001 presidency but was forced to resign after a crackdown on drug traffickers netted some loyalists of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who served as president before and after Preval.
December 2, 2005
Politics in Haiti Re "Politics at the point of a pistol in Haiti," Opinion, Nov. 29 Mark Schneider should also know that when Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected, there were 12,000 polling places rather than 800. The reduction in the number of polling places stacks the election against Aristide supporters. Many of these supporters live in rural areas and will have to walk five hours to stand in line for two hours to vote. In this instance, the U.N. is helping implement U.S. foreign policy, which is anti-Aristide.