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Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

August 7, 2000 | Policy Brief

By James Morrell

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On May 21, 2000 the majority of the Haitian electorate went to the polls in an impressive, dignified manner and delivered former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas party a massive popular mandate. Election day was virtually violence-free and OAS observers reported few irregularities. At last, after the years of political confusion, one party would have the legislature and presidency and the governmental gridlock would be over.

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