Martelly sworn in


Michel Martelly, the winner of the marathon presidential race which started on 28th November 2010 was finally sworn in to office yesterday. Around 1200 people from government, politics and the international community attended and some reports suggest that as many as 1 million Haitians were involved in celebrations in the streets.

The new president declared that ‘Haiti is open for business’.

Michel Martelly has many problems to resolve in the next few months. He has a dysfunctional government where, as one aid worker commented, the state institutions, ministries and government agencies can’t deliver on the vision of the new president.

The new president also has to resolve the problems of spiralling food and fuel prices as well as getting half a million people out of the tented communities established after the 2010 earthquake. That will require tough decisions to be taken over land acquisition as well as the building of new houses and all of this is required just as a new hurricane season is about to start.

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