Post-election trouble in Haiti; firsthand report

I just talked with my colleague Rusty Pritchard, who is in Haiti this month providing assistance to the recovery effort.  There is evidence of fraud in the election, there is trouble in the streets, and much of the capital is barricaded. Reports of the same from throughout the country.  The U.S. Embassy and others have decried the apparently fraudulent election results.

The cholera crisis continues to escalate, and blockaded roads make it difficult for victims to get to rehaydration and treatment centers. 

Rusty has posted more on his blog.  He writes in part:

They announced the Haiti election results, and it appears that vote-rigging and fraud landed the establishment candidate a second-place finish, less than 1% over the favored candidate of the Haitian street (carnival singer Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly). That means Martelly is out of the runoff, unless something changes. The US Embassy immediately released a press release challenging the credibility of the announced results, which are at odds with what poll observers predicted (they predicted the establishment candidate, Jude Celestin, would be out in the first round). Top vote getter was the wife of a former Haitian President, Manigat. The combination of Martelly being out and Celestin being in has enraged many people.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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