On Sunday, December 16, 1990, in fair and peaceful elections, the people of Haiti made what appeared to be a decisive change for democratic rule and social justice. Newly-elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically-elected president in more than 200 years, was a shining specter of hope for the Haitian people. A new constitution had provided for a decentralized government, but the enthusiastic vote for Aristide contrasted sharply with the vote in the parliamentary races.
Barbara L. Bernier, Economic Development in Ravaged Haiti: Is Democracy Really the Answer?, 11 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 49 (1992).