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710: Various sectors are disappointed by Aristide's first year inoffice




From: JD Lemieux <lxhaiti@yahoo.com>

Haiti: Various sectors are disappointed by Aristide's
first year in office
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Feb 9, 2002



Text of unattributed commentary broadcast by Haitian
Signal FM radio on 7 February

[President] Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who returned to
power in Haiti on 7 February 2001, is today already
completing one year in office. One year after his
return to power, several sectors of national life have
not stopped expressing their disappointment. These
sectors, which do not stop expressing their despair,
include the Democratic Convergence, the Civil Society
Initiative Group [GISC] and plain citizens in the
street. In short, many people speak a language, the
same language, a common language about 7 February.

Some people think that they are moving towards an
unparalleled catastrophe for 2002. Others (?want to
take another chance while) calling on the head of
state to correct his errors. However, there are also
some people who believe that there is still good
reason to hope. This means that they want to wait and
see.

This category is saying that, if 2001 was not really
good, 2002 will certainly be good all the way.
However, the view of plain citizens looks sad one year
later [since Aristide's inauguration]. There are even
more power cuts in the city. More people have fallen
into unemployment. Public transport (?has become) a
brainteaser. Foods are very expensive. Everything has
become more difficult in the country. The situation
gets worse from day to day. Some people think that
(?the Lavalas government would have made so many
achievements that) it would not be easy to draw up its
assessment in just one day.

Aristide said in his speech on 7 February 2001 that
the current voltage would go from 110 V to 220 V.
Anyway, the jobs the president promised have not been
created. None of his promises have been met.

However, that does not prevent Lavalas officials from
speaking of a positive assessment. Yvon Neptune,
interim national representative of the Lavalas Family
[FL], says (?even though) some people have drawn up a
negative assessment, it is a mitigated assessment.
Neptune wanted to assess [Aristide's year in office]
on the basis of the construction of a few kilometres
of road and a few open markets.

Source: Signal FM Radio, Port-au-Prince, in Creole
1230 gmt 7 Feb 02

/BBC Monitoring/  BBC



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