Penn State International Law Review

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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.