The Day After Elections in Haiti

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They were still voting by candlelight in Haiti last night, at the end of a day of anger and confusion, long after the polls were supposed to have closed. Impoverished Haitians, determined to cast their ballots, scaled walls and broke down doors yesterday morning to confront tardy poll workers.

They were still surging to the polls in the evening dark, after a day of frustration and tear gas and long walks to polling stations, in a country where electricity is too rare and abject poverty the norm. Two years after president Jean Bertrand Aristide was chased out of the country, America's role is under a microscope, and Haiti has been on the brink of collapse.

Hear about America's fingerprints and Haiti's vote.


Danna Harman, Latin American Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor and USA Today;
Walt Bogdanich, reporter for the New York Times. He has reported, periodically, from Haiti since 1996, and charted U.S. involvement with Haitian politics.;
Robert Macguire, Director of the Programs in International Affairs at Trinity University and leading academic expert on Haiti

Robert Fatton, Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, and author of "Haiti's Predatory Republic: the Unending Transition to Democracy."

This program aired on February 8, 2006.


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