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The wreckage of commercial building in Haiti
President Rene Preval, making fun of all
.Last week President Rene Preval and certain officials of the government attended a forum of Haitians and Dominicans business leaders. During that meeting he informally announced the holding of general elections in Haiti for November 28, 2010. The official decree that will convene people to vote will appear this weekend.

The President also specified that the current Interim Electoral Council (CEP, its French initial), headed by Gaillot Dorsainvil, had set all the structure necessary and it was ready to organize the general elections. I was completely lost when I heard this announcement. In the opinion of many observers, Preval gave a slap to all the key players on the political arena. 

More pragmatic than his twin brother, former president Jean B. Aristide, he knows very well that if the international community is on his side; he does not have to fear anything. 

This simplistic reasoning is a tangible proof that the president has forgotten that Haitian politic is like a slippery slope. The condition of the country at this time requires a general consensus so that the worst can be prevented.  

In any case, these elections will push the country into a very deep hole. The Haitian businesses as well as the political leaders, on allegation of corruption, have rejected this CEP. The first Senator of the Artibonite region, Yuri Latourtue, made accusations pointing directly to the representative of the Catholic Church in this institution, Dr. Enel Desir.

For his part, Bishop Pierre Andre Dumas, of the diocese Les Nippes, argues that Mr. Desir should resign immediately such action would facilitate the church leaders who do not want to embarrass him. The man of God continues by mentioning scandals in this institution where electoral advisers have accused some of their colleagues.

 It should be added that Foreign Affairs Committee of the American Senate asked Preval to make necessary reforms within the electoral Council. These changes must be made in consultation with partners in the international community, without slowing down the electoral process, recommended the commission chaired by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. According to this Commission, Prevail should clearly commit to hold elections that are credible. If this government Preval/ Bellerive does not make those changes that are vital to the survival of democracy, the international community should not make available the $38 millions needed to organize these elections.

President Preval, in turn, is now waiting for the conclusions of an investigation of “Unit to Fight Against Corruption” (ULCC, its French initial) to decide whether or to replace this electoral adviser. Meanwhile, a number of political parties have already announced they will refrain from participating in any election with the CEP in its current composition.

This is obviously a new crisis looming in perspective. This crisis will extend social rifts. This is not serious to continue to lead against the will of a people. Justice, even in politics, sometimes arises. This government must make every effort to avoid new tensions in the country. It must work towards the interest of all.

Romeo Estinvil

 


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