Haiti’s New Leader Faces Daunting Security Challenges

Martelly has emphasized how important it is for Haiti to take charge of its own security – and indeed, in a country with so much influence from foreign aid donors and charities, he may have a point. The new president has expressed his backing for MINUSTAH, the UN body in Haiti, and said that the commission would be part of the transition to a Haitian army. MINUSTAH head Edmond Mulet has backed the idea of the new force, but warned that it will take a long time to establish the organization before it can replace the UN.

Martelly’s promises of a first-class army may turn out to be, at least for now, unworkable campaign rhetoric for the consumption of an electorate tired of foreign control. But his willingness to acknowledge the issues of police corruption and drug trafficking signal that this former pop star is prepared to address the problems of organized crime. With strong backing from the U.S., he may be able to make headway.

Read more: http://www.haitian-truth.org/haitis-new-leader-faces-daunting-security-challenges/


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