Today I promised another post on Haitian graffiti artist, Jerry Rosembert Moise (if you missed yesterday’s post on graffiti, click here). However, you street art enthusiasts are being put on the blog’s back burner, while I recover from a near all-nighter, waiting for election results that were not actually announced here in Haiti until this morning.
As it stands, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly will run off in the second round of presidential elections on 20 March. This means the Haitian electoral council has followed the recommendation of the OAS (Organization of American States). The OAS reviewed the results of November’s election and recommended that government-backed candidate Jude Celestin be disqualified because of fraud. Ultimately members of the CEP (electoral council) were split 5-3 on whether or not to remove Celestine, deliberating all night, before finally announcing their decision just after 7:30 this morning EST.
The good news–this should mean relative calm on Port-au-Prince streets. In fact, there was a good bit of cheering this morning when the decision was finally broadcast.
For me personally, this means my long-weekend in South Florida should become a much-needed reality tomorrow morning. As long as streets remain quiet and the airport stays open (it closed for several days following the last announcement), Sara and I will be sipping margaritas on the beach through Monday.
The ensuing drunkenness may mean no posts till Tuesday (we’ll see) and my inability to officially pass along the “Memetastic Award” Clouded Marble
cursed honored me with 2 days ago. Sorry for this delay until next week, but in the meantime, you should visit her amazing blog and check out the other winners, who, I assume, will not be beaching it up in Miami this weekend, and may post something you’d enjoy reading in my absence.
In the meantime, check out my archive to catch up on posts you may have missed. And enjoy the genuine genius always available on my blogroll.
That’s all the house-keeping this blog can handle for one morning, but I will continue tidying from the sands of South Beach–a Kindle in one hand, a cool beverage in the other.
So toodles–I’ll be sipping till Tuesday———–