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Yearbook 1998

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.

1998 Haiti

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 the countries.

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 years old.

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.

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