Magazine article UN Chronicle

ONUVEH Mission in Haiti Ends with Success

Magazine article UN Chronicle

ONUVEH Mission in Haiti Ends with Success

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The last contingent of the UN Observer Group for the Verification of the Elections in Haiti (ONUVEH) left that Caribbean country on 22 February, after the Group successfully saw the nation through its first free and democractic elections and the peaceful inauguaration of President-elect Jean-Bertrand Aristide on 7 February.

An attempted coup d'etat by Roger Lafontant, a former Minister of the Interior under "President for Life" Jean-Claude Duvailer and who was excluded from the presidential race, was the only serious incident before the second round of the elections.

ONUVEH reported that the coup attempt on 6 January was "unanimously rejected" by the international community and quickly foiled by "the strong reaction of the population and its mobilization in urban centres", and the condemnation of the military high command. More than 70 people died and many were injured in violent street clashes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, and Cap Haitien on the northern coast.

Participation in the 16 December balloting in which President Aristide was elected by a landslide was very high. …

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