Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | February 18, 2016
Haiti has no president. Former President Michel Martelly finished his five-year term on February 7 and stepped down without an elected successor.
This country is passing through yet another electoral crisis, that’s for sure. The last presidential election in 2010 was a similar disaster: accusations of fraud with varying degrees of credibility, political stagnation and overbearing foreign intervention that made matters worse. The 2013 legislative elections never happened, so Martelly governed last year without a parliament. Much like the shutdowns we know in the United States, the opposition preferred to force the government off a cliff instead of compromising on elections they knew they couldn’t win.