Louisma Louisjuste, an entrepreneur based in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, gave up on his dreams of becoming an elected official in 2019. It was simply too difficult to become one if you’re not backed up by gangs, he said.
“I don’t want to be in a campaign in which a guy with a gun is supporting me,” Louisjuste said in a phone interview. “Most entrepreneurs and politicians in Haiti have a gang with them.”
Some Haitians want the Haitian government to penalize the politicians and entrepreneurs who were sanctioned abroad for having ties to gangs.
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