Thousands welcomed former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's arrival today in Haiti, less than 48 hours before a presidential election. The timing of his return potentially qualifies him to run in the next election.
Haiti's Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, whose brutal rule ended when he fled in 1986, returned unexpectedly on Sunday. His arrival complicates the political landscape, in which a runoff election for president has been delayed.
Despite the importance of today's Haiti election, turnout is expected to be low amid voter intimidation, confusion, and apathy.
With the cholera death toll climbing to more than 1,100 and 1.3 million people still living in displacement camps, presidential candidate Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly is calling for a change in leadership.
The exclusion of populist party Fanmi Lavalas and other contenders heightens concerns that the Haiti election will fail to introduce leaders closer to voters’ core concerns.
Haiti holds its first presidential debate Saturday, even as President René Préval's ties to the election commission has observers asking whether the CEP rejected candidates based on politics.
Wyclef Jean's lawyers announced the hip-hop star is appealing the ruling that barred him from running for president. The Haiti election commission's political independence has been questioned before.