24 January 2016   Leave a comment

Elections in Haiti have been postponed as one of the candidates claims that the incumbent has used undue influence to determine the outcome.  The current President, Michel Martelly, is scheduled to step down, but the election to replace him has been delayed.   The Haitian political system is exceptionally fragile and ineffective–the consequence of decades of misrule and dictatorship.  US efforts to bolster the political system during the Clinton Administration were largely ineffective and since the earthquake of 2010 the country has been ungoverned.

We are coming up to the 5 year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, its leader of almost thirty years.  Since that time, Egyptian politics has been deeply unsettled under the leadership of first the Muslim Brotherhood and now General Sisi.  Although the overthrow of Mubarak was of historic significance, it is unlikely that the current Egyptian government wishes to take note of the important transition.

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Posted January 25, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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