The candidates are: the former first lady turned senator touting experience; or the popular, anti-establishment candidate based on change and electrifying the youth movement. Sounds familiar but these are actually the two candidates in Haiti’s recent presidential election.
Last Saturday, Haitians turned out to vote for more than a president, they were voting for a future. Still reeling from last year’s earthquake and a continuing cholera epidemic, Haiti is at a tipping point.
With the right leadership and organization, the billions of dollars of international aid that has been pledged could rebuild the country’s infrastructure and go a long way to establishing the economy, thereby surpassing the pre-earthquake way of life for many of its citizens.
On the other hand, the wrong choice could drive the country deeper into financial ruin turning off potential donors and sinking the country deeper into disorder, distrust, and unrest.
Who’s got your vote, experience or change?