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#5399: Kozyn on Abolition of Army (fwd)
From: John Kozyn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I thought what Aristide did was fire the entire army except for the
>band... therefore he preserved the integrity of the Haitian constitution,
>in fact, the army was gone. Am I mistaken?
You are for the most part accurate. I don't have all the details at my
disposal, but as I remember, JBA did retire (not fire) all the officer
corps. The White House (NSC) wanted him to get rid of a core group of
officers who remained loyal to the constitutional Government (in exile in
DC). He said fine, I'll get rid of them, and everyone else too.
At that time (1995) all that remained was the marching band. Not sure if
they're around anymore though, but I haven't checked either.
That being said, the FAd'H remains an institution on paper. I suspect the
47th Legislature will be treating this dossier; i.e. amending the 1987
Constitution in due course.
Right now though, one of the more significant issues to be dealt with is the
status of regulations governing NGOs (foreign and domestic) within the
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