Re the April 3 editorial, Gridlock in Haiti: In Haiti, the person with executive power still has the right to have an election following his own agenda, including the use of fraudulent elections. Since 1986, there has been a permanent vacuum in Haitian society.
Political parties are weak and aren’t set up across the country. To escape the precariousness of the situation, senior managers of political parties are often looking for a job from those in power. Former president René Preval experienced no problem mounting his own political party with defectors from the opposition parties.
It’s not surprising that President Michel Martelly has a tendency to maneuver for himself and his clan. For many decades the cocktail is unchanged: Democracy cannot be found, the power of clans continues and the vast majority of the population languishes in abject poverty.
Alceste Benjamin, Tamarac