The elections for the presidency were cancelled and the country is in turmoil. So what happens now? There is speculation that Martelly will not leave office and has already set out his goons to create more trouble. The public is already against President Martelly and wants him out. They have promised to create more civil disorder if Martelly stays after his term has expired. Foreign countries have appealed for calm.
The opposition has demanded that elections be held after Martelly is gone. An interim government will hopefully guide the country to calm elections.
Jude Celestin, the opposition leader has steadfastly said that the elections can only be held once Martelly has gone. He said that Martelly has created bitterness and animosity in the country and has continued to foster violence.
The US Special Council to Haiti, Kenneth Merten says that Washington would like to see new elections quickly rather than a long delay. The US has also been partly responsible for the chaos in Haiti. The US has always backed Martelly even though he was embezzling money and looting the coffers.
The USA has stated that Haiti is not a place for Americans to go as yet and there is a travel warning in place.
The government’s party wants Martelly to stay until the new elections are held but this will not go well with the people. One option for an interim government is to allow the present prime minister to take over.
All over the country, there is civil unrest and signs of sporadic violence. No one is sure what will happen. Martelly does not want to leave because his aim has always been to hold on to power for life. However, whatever happens, there is sure to be more bloodshed in the coming few weeks or months. The country is already bankrupt, jobs are scarce and the majority of young people have no jobs- this is a sure recipe for disaster. Many international organizations have appealed for calm and engagement of discussions between all parties concerned but the time to chat has long passed. Only when President Martelly leaves will the country feel a sense of calm.