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What Must Be Done in Order for Haiti to Survive?

Photo of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry leads a country with no democratically elected lawmakers and where gangs have tightened their grip. // File Photo: Haitian Government.

Haiti’s Senate, the country’s last democratically elected institution, has adjourned with no new members to convene a new term. The 10 remaining senators who had been representing the country’s 11.5 million people–because Haiti failed to hold legislative elections in 2019–saw their terms expire on Jan. 10, leaving the country without a single lawmaker in its National Assembly. The last time Haiti lacked elected officials was during the bloody regime of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who fled the country in 1986 after a popular uprising. What does the absence of any elected officials mean for Haiti? What can Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who assumed leadership after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July 2021, do to remedy the situation? How likely is the international community to step in?

Peter Hakim, member of the Advisor board and president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue: “Haiti is a dying country. Partly, it is strangling itself. But misdirected ‘aid’ and many other external interventions has long contributed to Haiti’s decline. There are deadly cholera epidemics, massive hunger and growing starvation, minimal medical facilities, devastating joblessness, fuel and transport scarcity, a lack of clean water, a dearth of education opportunities, natural disasters, farmland transformed into wastelands and not a single elected official in the country. Since the hellish murder of President Jovenel Moïse some 18 months ago,…”

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