Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island.
It is necessary to put an end to the external shock therapy that has failed to generate a new social contract in Haiti and bring the country the prosperity it has been promised.
The current chaos in Haiti can be explained by the country’s political, institutional, economic and security conditions.
President Moïse is dead. Two politicians say they’re in charge. Parliament is suspended. A Haitian studies scholar explains Haiti’s power vacuum and says elections alone won’t restore democracy there.
The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in his home outside Port-au-Prince ended a presidency that had plunged the already troubled nation deeper into crisis.
Haitian president Jovenel Moïse is accused of overstaying his term, embezzling funds and dismantling parliament. Protests are a hallmark of his presidency – but the language of them has changed.
For many Haitians, blackouts do not just signal a political crisis; they also symbolize feelings of their loss of political power.