Testing the Governance

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In April 2008, a week of riots against the rising cost of life engulfed Haiti. Besides the legitimate aspirations of a population widely affected by food insecurity, some believe that supporters of former President Aristide have hijacked the movement. The HNP, the Haitian National Police appeared quickly overwhelmed. UN peacekeepers strive to limit outbursts. A week later, five dead, hundreds wounded and massive destruction of property are found. The government has no option but to resign. In May 2008, the PNH set up a crowd management drill with the support of UN peacekeepers.

Strengthening the Rule of Law is not easy. Haiti is used as a transit route for Andean drug-traffickers whose planes land at clandestine airstrips. Traffick has continued to breed a chronic corruption.

As an indicator of democratic maturity, elections are organized sometime against a background of general indifference. Supported by the international community, authorities experiment for better or worse good gouvernance. 

A story created from January 2008 to July 2010.