NYT: Patience Running out in Quake-Hit Haiti

    Haitian government officials have repeatedly appealed for patience. But it seems that Haitians have no more to give, a New York Times report says.

    Citizens of the Carribean nation, which was rocked by a massive earthquake on Jan. 12, grumble about the politically connected gaining from rehabilitation work, crime incidence, and tarpaulin-built shelters that “‘look more permanent every day.”

    Patrick Moussignac, owner of Radio Caraïbes, said: “We’re going to be in this position forever. We could be living on the streets for 10 or 20 years.”

    While United Nations officials say that elections will be conducted by the end of 2010, no clear alternative to President Rene Preval has come forward,

    By and large, Haitians want a leader who is in charge and tell them what to anticipate. Michele Pierre-Louis, the prime minister under Preval until last year, believes that the dissatisfaction over Preval’s performance stems from that fact that people “do not know where [Preval] is leading them.”

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