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Haiti – Rebuilding: President Martelly to Deliver Speech at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum – Rapadoo Observateur!

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President Martelly’s speech, Moving Beyond Crisis Recovery Towards Lasting Development, will take place on September 22, 2011 followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The hour-long event at Morningside Campus’ Miller Theatre of Columbia University will come after the Haitian parliament’s ratification session on Garry Conille, Martelly’s third nomination for prime minister. His first two designations for the post, entrepreneur Gerard Rouzier and former Justice Minister Bernard Gousse received unfavorable votes from lawmakers.

Haiti: Defiant, President Preval Gets Theatrical

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As Preval’s incumbency nears its inevitable end, his popularity ratings plunge further south and calls for his departure, a favorable tune among increasingly dissatisfied citizens, grow louder. The outright rejection of recent election results that erupted into violent protests compelled foreign observers to propose a recount, an attempt to salvage poorly orchestrated presidential and parliamentary elections and to arrive at some sensible compromise. Preval agreed to give unfettered access to the OEA and to accept their conclusions as a viable solution, yet after nearly a month since the OEA presented him the results, he has remained silent while his aids echoed his disappointment and possible rejection of the recommendations.

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