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Thanks, Mr. Martelly, for Nothing

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

Judging by what has been going on in Haiti over the last 100 years, it is fair to assume that the political class thrives on organized chaos, which naturally affects the way the country is administered and the kind of leaders it produces. Though this rather bizarre system suits the beneficiaries (corrupt and inept politicians and their foreign handlers), it inadvertently creates a situation in which the illogical seems normal. The tentative accord between President Michel Martelly, the leaders of both chambers of the legislature and the president of the country’s Supreme Court, which would extend the terms of the deputies and remaining sitting senators past the constitutionally-mandated Jan. 12 deadline must be seen in that context.