Celestin Presents: Christmas in Haiti

On December 7th, the twitter account promoting Jude Celestin (or perhaps it’s actually him, i’m not sure) wrote:

It’s settled! Jude Celestin will face Mirlande Manigat in the Second Round!

At the time, this was important for two reasons: 1) Haitians were just ending their several-day protest, but would likely start up again without some type of assurance that the prospect of democracy might move forward, and 2) the holidays were coming up. A large concern among the international community at the time, as well as Haitians in general, was if the political uncertainty would continue throughout the holiday season, or rather, how long could this possibily go on?  A week? A month? Several months? Would the political entanglement of the first round of presidential elections continue well into the New Year?  As became evident, the answer was “no.” 

Though the tweet from the Celestin camp may have been overly presumptuous, it paralleled several key events taking place at the time. That same week, Gaillot Dorsainvil, president of the CEP, announced that the ballots would be recounted, in the presence of international observers and local monitors. Several days after this announcement, the OAS stated it could not continue with the recount until the terms of the mission have been clearly defined. This brings us through Christmas, and closing in on the New Year.

In essence, we have a “wait and see” situation that has turned into a “wait and celebrate the holidays because we don’t know what’s going to happen when the announcement is finally made” approach. 

What does all this mean in practice, for the average Haitian?  Quite simply, it means enjoy the holidays.  Political delay, for once, has brought assurance of something.  In this case, the ability to engage in festivities without the fear of a molotov cocktail or sudden riot breaking out.  Sounds to me like an absolute ocassion to open a bottle of cremas.

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