Friday, February 19, 2010

Haiti Prime Minister Warns of Government Collapse

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive walks away after being greeted by Canadian Foriegn Minister Lawrence Cannon during a conference on Haitian reconstruction in Montreal on Monday. (Canadian Press)

The appeal for more aid comes as Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive expressed concern that his government could face collapse over its inability to handle the crisis.

Bellerive, the nation's second-in-command to president Rene Preval, told The Associated Pres that infighting over the relief effort could undermine the government and its ability to deal with the crisis.

"You have the feeling that everyone is trying to do his little part and accuse the other one of not doing his part," he said. "Everyone is trying to create conflict when we have the same enemy right now: It's misery, it's disaster."

A legislative election scheduled for this month has already been cancelled because of the disaster, and a presidential election scheduled for later in 2010 is also in question. Bellerive said the potential for a constitutional challenge to the government's legitimacy could undermine relief efforts during a critical time.

"I am not asking for a truce, but I believe we have a serious problem that we have to face right now as a nation," Bellerive said.

Source: CBC

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