NEW YORK — For a second straight year, the Haitian polity and diaspora are ever watchful as February 7 approaches with the country’s top leader again facing challenges to his legitimacy and calls to step down. This year, leaders of a civil society coalition have taken a more active role, nominating their own roster for a transitional government.
“February 7th is a very symbolic date for us, because that’s the birth of democracy with the expulsion of Duvalier,” said Francois Pierre-Louis, a Queens College political science professor. “It became symbolic in the sense that every president took the oath of office on February 7th.”
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