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Posted Monday, September 20, 2010
PETIONVILLE, Haiti - Haiti held its second presidential debate ever Saturday, a
sparsely attended event that was short on detailed responses from the candidates
and disrupted by multiple power blackouts.
|Less than 40 people attended
quake-torn Haiti's second so-called presidential
|By Evens Sanon,
|Associated Press Writer
During the two-hour televised debate held at a restaurant, only four of 19
candidates seeking to become president in the Nov. 28 election faced off in
front of about 40 audience members. The four gave few specifics about how they
would help the nation recover from the January earthquake that killed as many as
300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless. The Western Hemisphere's
most impoverished and least developed country has received only a trickle of the
$5.3 billion pledged in international aid.
Candidate Gerard Blot asked for a minute of silence for quake victims before his
opening remarks, and he encouraged Haitians overseas to become more involved in
Sen. Jean Hector Anacacis said he would try to revive the National Guard and
create a secret service agency that would bolster security and create a safer
environment for foreign investors.
Pastor Jean Chavannes Jeune said he wanted a government that would create unity
and help solve problems.
Wilson Jeudy, mayor of the city of Delmas east of Port-au-Prince, agreed.
"Everyone is tired," he said.
Jeudy continued to speak even as the lights went out for the second time,
prompting someone in the audience to yell that he could not be heard. Audience
member Patrick Gorelien, 28, said he was frustrated by the vague responses and
disappointed that those who attended had to submit questions in writing instead
of addressing the candidates directly.
He said the moderator did not pose his question - How would you lift people out
of poverty? - and he was still undecided about who to vote for.
Not present was hip hop artist Wyclef Jean, who was barred from running for
president presumably because he failed to meet residency requirements.
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