Let's forget Bazin could never and has never legitimately represented the political party called Fanmi Lavalas;
Let's forget that the people voted, en mass, for L'espwa as a way to end the coup d'etat nightmare and because no other credible Lavalas Movement candidate was allowed to register as a Presidential candidate, because they're in jail, dead or in exile. Let's forget all this and get HDP and Michelnau amnesia. Spin the truth, leave out the critical Haitian on-the-ground nuances, and let's pretend that Preval's mandate came from HDP/IRI/US Embassy and not the majority of the peoples of Haiti - that is, the anti-Washington Consensus Lavalas Movement peoples of Haiti.
Let's just for "moving on" sake, just talk like some State Department bulletin and blithely say
Preval needs to stay focus and stick to his program by exercising good
governance, and not to give up in under parties demands.
After two years of witchhunt of Aristide supporters, coup d'etat repression and pressure, with Bazin signed up as the "Fanmi Lavalas" candidate by a few renegade Fanmi Lavalas officials and rejected by the due authorities of said political party, the Fanmi Lavalas party has indeed been compromised. So that's not the point. It must be "not to give in under the people's demands" right?
That's "good governance" right. Profit over people, the Washington Consensus. But what if Preval remembers his constituency and doesn't tow your "good governance" line? What if he focus and sticks to "his program" - the one he's articulated, that is in the interest of the people of Haiti, the peasants, the urban dwellers - that's in the interests of Haiti's domestic development? What then? Ohh, yeah, "he didn't exercise good governance" right, and should be oustered, rig
As we are aware of, the coalition Lavalas/MIDH did poorly during the elections. The future of this party is in limbo and no body seems to be interested of reviving it. We are looking at a hot potato that even the left wouldn’t touch with a 12 feet pole.
No kidding! As if Bazin represented Aristide political party and by extension the people of Haiti? Ron Daniel worked hard to get to this, didn't he senou? Those who signed up Bazin under the party Lavalas party banner actually are well respected by the people of Haiti and the Lavalas Movement? "Leaders" they are, aren't they? Yep, yep y'all and the beat goes on.....
Baker of RESPE needs to fight for second place in order to maintain strong credibility for the next five 5 years if he plans to run again.
Now what was it? ohh yeah - "Baker, Charles Jean-Marie 8,30%" Geez, 8.30% after all tha
t IRI/USAID/European Union funding and a coup d'etat that cause over 10,000 deaths, countless in prison and drowned or in exile. Baker, Group 184's candidates gets a WHOLE 8.30% of the partial votes official released. That certainly makes him "credible!"
He'll maintain "strong credibility for the next five 5 years." Yep, on Michelnau's planet, he does and that's, that's that's all folks!!!
There you have the HDP/IRI spin for the next 5 years, at least. Certainly it's what will be written in HIStory books. If, that is, Haitians of good conscience don't speak up!
The effort to separate the people of Haiti from the Preval vote; to separate the bicentennial coup d'etat and the repudiation of Bush regime change from this Preval vote has just BEGUN and shall be continued by the opportunistic political suits, who are too weak for self-reliance, who have no faith in the people of Haiti, are too enamored or alternatively fearful of the cou
p d'etat powers and who believe the Preval mandate is being GIVEN to them, ALLOWED by the international community/US/France/Canada, not the people of Haiti.
Divide and conquer is the modus operandi, as usual. The name Aristide continues to be used to isolate the people from participation in the political process of their own country and to draw fire to the people if they resist.
But this is not 1994! Haitians have learned a thing or two, I would hope. Been there, done that. The same old, same old won't work.
You're right about two things Michelnau, it's time for the new Legislature, when it settles in, to AFFIRM the Constitutional amendment ALREADY passed by the last freely elected Legislature and that allows for dual citizenship. It's time for the Haitian Diaspora to be allowed to vote and have citizenship in Haiti.
Second, Haitians have rejected old conventional politics. They did that back in 1990, then in 1996, then in 2000 and now in 2006.
When will their messa
ge get through to the powers-that-be who don't respect rule by the ballot and Haiti's right to self-determination and sovereignty? When will the coup d'etat folks, who are all about debt, dependency and foreign domination, GET IT. When will they LET MY PEOPLE GO to live free, peaceful and prosperous lives?
Haiti's future is bright if they'll step the hell back and become productive citizens and neighbors and stop the obstructions because, indeed, the people of Haiti have shown in 1990, 1996, 2000 and now in 2006, they reject foreign meddling, occupation, protectorate, dictatorship, rule by force, politique de doublure, neoliberalism, the Washington Consensus and disrespect for their votes.