Haiti: An anatomy of a failed state

Countries can function, to varying degrees, with nobody in power, or power disputed. Italy and Belgium have done so. Having yet another election will not necessarily fix a broken state.

A police officer outside the residence of President Jovenel Moise following the Haitian leader’s assassination earlier that day. PHOTO: AFP
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(NYTIMES) Battered by gang violence and corruption, its Parliament near vacant, its judiciary in tatters, its Constitution subject to dispute, its poverty crushing and its history a chronicle of unrest, Haiti was in bad shape, even before its president was assassinated and rival factions laid claim to power. Now, it's in meltdown.

"Haitian democracy has been slipping away for a long time and with each round, it's been getting worse," said Mr Peter Mulrean, a former United States ambassador to Haiti. "There is not much left to save."

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