To listen to Marguerite Laurent, Esq. Chair of HLLN, Elsie Etheart of Radio Melodie and Clotide Charlot, Haiti Democracy Project interviewed on Feb. 8, 2006 on Haiti elections and Rene Preval by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) host, Anna Maria Tremonti click here:
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/media/2006 ... t_sec1.ram
The Current for Show February 08, 2006
Haiti – On the Ground
It was messy, chaotic and, at times, even deadly. But in the end, after elections were postponed four times, Haitians went to the polls yesterday to choose their first democratically elected President since Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced out of office -- and out of the country -- two years ago.
These have been tense times in Haiti. To accommodate the turnout, polling stations sta
yed open late, and the lineups lasted for hours. And when a crowd of voters broke through the gates of a polling station outside of Port-au-Prince, a 75-year-old man was killed in the crush. Still, with 9,000 United Nations peacekeepers keeping a close watch, observers say the violence that has plagued the poorest country in the western hemisphere, was kept to a minimum.
But now that voters are crying foul and even fraud, there's no way to guarantee this relative calm. In a moment, we're going to take a more intimate look at the front-runner so far---Rene Preval. But first, Elsie Etheart has been in the middle of the election as it unfolded. She's the Co-Director of Radio Melodie and she was on the phone from Port-au-Prince.
Haiti – Who is Preval?
As we mentioned, the man who's likely to be the next president of Haiti is the former president, and one-time ally of the exiled Jean-Bertrande Aristide. And he has had momentum from the start of the campaign, especially from Haiti's po
or majority, who are placing great hopes on him.
To talk about what Rene Preval's victory would mean for the future of Haiti's democracy, we were joined by Marguerite Laurent. She's a former legal advisor to Jean-Bertrand Aristide and is now with the US-based Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network. She was in our New York studio.
Listen to The Current: Part 1 - http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/media/2006 ... t_sec1.ram
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