A long-postponed conference has put Haiti back on the agenda of the international community at a critical time in the country’s history.
In the last year, Haiti has experienced food riots (April 2008) that forced the resignation of its prime minister and left the government of President René Préval in turmoil as the Haitian parliament dallied for five months to select a replacement, Michèle Pierre-Louis.
Within weeks of resolving this political crisis, a series of four hurricanes ravaged the country. With hundreds dead, the city of Gonaives underwater, and almost every road and bridge destroyed, Haiti’s humanitarian crisis set back any progress that had been made on specific economic and political reforms.
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