Haiti. According to
Countryaah, President René Préval failed time after time to
get his candidates for the Prime Minister's post approved by
Parliament. In the end, he received support for the
nomination of Education Minister Jacques Édouard Alexis, and
the hope was that it would end a long period of political
deadlock filled with contradictions.
Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández Reyna
visited Haiti during the year, the first official visit
between the countries in 70 years. The visit resulted in
agreements on the fight against drugs, tourism and trade
cooperation, as well as direct postal connections between
Haiti breathed life into an old border conflict with the
United States and demanded the right to Navase Island five
miles off the Haitian coast that the United States considers
itself to be entitled to. The conflict is more than 100
Haiti was hit hard when Hurricane Georges advanced across
the Caribbean in September, killing at least 90 people.
Emergency assistance had difficulty reaching the affected,
including because of Haiti's inadequate infrastructure.