Seeds: Haiti is the second most populous country in the Caribbean with an estimated 10.6 million people and is famous for having defeated three European superpowers as a result of a slave revolt (Britain, France and Spain – they were the only country in the western hemisphere to do so). They also had a coup d’etat in 2004, a terrible earthquake in 2010, an unstable government, and a poverty-stricken populace. (Not to mention Hurricane Matthew destroyed some 90% of the southern areas of the country just this fall, killing over 1000 people and leaving 1.4 million in need of aid).
Core: There was a presidential election in 2015, but the results were thrown out because many people accused election officials of fraud. Therefore, this past Sunday, there was another election. Because the ballots are paper, it is likely that it will take quite a while for the votes to counted. Also, because there are 27 candidates, it is quite possible that another round of elections will have to take place because in Haiti a candidate must win 50% of the votes.
Skin: There is some tension in Haiti following the election. There have been protests and rallies that have incited the police to set up barricades and fire tear gas.
Leaves: It is unlikely that Haiti will have clear decision for quite some time. Until then, the interim president, Jocelerme Privert, will remain in power.
Food For Thought: What do you think of the Haitian election? How does it compare to the election in the U.S.?
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