As the end of the hurricane season nears, it appears Haiti may avoid getting hit by a natural disaster this year. Not so for man-made disasters, however.
A political maelstrom is brewing that could destroy the international effort to rebuild Haiti following a series of storms that ravaged the island last year. This menace takes the form of an effort in the Senate to remove Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, who has managed the government capably in the 14 months since she was appointed by President René Préval.
Ms. Pierre-Louis was ratified by the National Assembly after her predecessor was fired, ushering in a needless and prolonged period of political bickering over who would fill the position. All this followed years of instability and political violence that came to a halt only after U.N. peacekeepers arrived.
Now Haiti has a chance to turn the page. Only three weeks ago, former U.S. President and U.N. Special Envoy Bill Clinton led a historic trade mission to Haiti that held out the promise of new investment and new jobs, both of which Haiti desperately needs. Investors need to be reassured, though, that Haiti's leaders can manage their political affairs without needless upheavals and unrest.
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