Leadership, elections and history lessons!

The biggest lesson I learned from our history is that we have not learned from history. And who learns nothing from history has learned nothing and is called to live it again. I spent my day yesterday to review my videos  archive of 1987-88 and writing consultations for clients. And I came to the conclusion: the more things change, the more they stay the same and our basic problem is leadership and ethics.

The political transition in Haiti is not a feast. I repeat this from Mao Zedong to whom seizing power “is Not a Dinner Party.” The transition of power in the Haitian political exercise is done by force and cunning: uprising, insurrection, coup, coup, election-selection of storm tide.

 Today is November 29. 22 years ago were  also an election which ended in a bloodshed. More than thirty people dead and hundreds injured.

And then we had the elections on January 17, 1988. Manigat won. I invite you to listen to his statement in the aftermath of this vote. And judge for yourself:


“The Haitian people had the opportunity to express themselves freely. Those who wanted to abstain abstained and those who wanted to vote had voted. In electoral matters (insofar as I have knowledge in this field as a specialist in political science), as soon as there ‘s election and there are voters, these elections are valid “. Dixit Leslie Francois Manigat January 18, 1988.

We had elections on December 16, 1990. Rising tide for Lavalas. And the latest coup.

We also had elections of May 21, 2000 with Preval and Alexis. Alexis, who was Prime Minister at the time said that those who seek the annulment of the elections were “bad losers”.

I wonder if Alexis was the lucky winner Inite as it was initially, what would be  his position? Just a question that I urge journalists to ask.

Voltaire and Christallin were until recently members of the team Préval. Steven Benoit too. He was part of the family when his sister was first lady.


Published by Roosevelt

Roosevelt JF is a Global Leadership Fulbright Research Scholar from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he taught Haitian Studies as an Adjunct Instructor (2005-2010). Roosevelt was also a senior admissions adviser at Kaplan University. Roosevelt JF is the President of The JF TEAM, INC; a full media marketing and business development consulting firm based in Fort-Lauderdale, FL. He is a sought out radio and TV business show host. He is also a guest for several mainstream medias including NPR, the Miami Herald and Newsweek. He also leads the Center for Communication of AIDS, a network of journalists committed against AIDS in Haiti and South Florida. He speaks fluently Creole, English, French and Spanish. He is the author Of "Leadership sur le vif: Des idées pour le changement et la création de richesse en Haïti".

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