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23/09/2010 12:54:55

Haiti - Politic : Not good elections no reconstruction
At the last press conference of the United Nations in Haiti [16/09/2010], Edmond Mulet, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti and Head of MINUSTAH to put the point on "i" while recalling to begin the position of the Member States which were expressed at the United Nations Security Council which was held at the beginning of September.

"I must say that there is an aspect that has made unanimously by all participants, the 26 member states. It is the importance to organize free elections, transparent and credible on November 28th of this year. All this naturally to establish a legitimate government from February 7, 2011. All speakers made the crucial link between the country's reconstruction and the presence of a government and a National Assembly with a legitimacy that only polls can provide. Indeed, only strong institutions that have supported the Haitian people will be able to provide leadership that will be required to rebuild the country."

Answering the question of a journalist asking whether there were not "a kind of priorisation of the elections compared to the reconstruction" the chief of Minsutah said "This is not a prioritization. Rebuilding the country is very important. This is vital. But there is also the consensus of everyone.. It is unanimous that without elections, without a legitimate government there, the reconstruction can not be done properly. Must have in place a legitimate government. We have seen already in the country in the past on several occasions that when there are interim government, provisional government, nothing happens. Everything stops. Even domestic investors want to establish a legitimate government. And also the international community still awaits the arrival of an elected president, an elected National Assembly to work for medium and long term.

That is why it is very important that on November 28 the Haitian people involved to the polls to elect candidates of their choice at the Presidency, Senate and House of Deputies. Then on February 7 next year, have a new government. On this basis the reconstruction of the country can really move forward faster. If there is no government installed, resulting from democratic elections in the country, I do not see how the money-lenders, the international community, the private investors will be able to come to work in Haiti, to create jobs and to generate the development of the country. Even if the reconstruction is really a priority for everyone, the political and social stability in the country is also. It is a single medal with two faces: the reconstruction and democratic process."

The challenge is clear and the pressure of international unequivocally, the aim of the next election goes beyond the political aspects alone. What the Haitian people to decide through the ballot box is the future of Haiti's reconstruction, a huge responsibility when you know that most voters are not able to understand the scope of their vote beyond support to a candidate.

The question remains, once known the results of these elections, how the international community will define the concepts of "legitimate government, democratic elections, elections credible, free and transparent" and especially what the population will think and how it will react.

BF/ HaitiLibre

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