WOW!!! Preliminary election results named Michel Martelly as the new President of Haiti and the streets immediately erupted in joy - screaming, chanting, singing, horns, gunfire, for two hours and it doesn't seem to be letting up. We were all sent home early today in anticipation of the announcement and have a delayed start tomorrow, depending on the level of activity in the streets in the morning.
Tet Kale (bald head as he is nicknamed) has an enormous job in front of him and I just read a Tweet that said it all, "I wonder if Tet has had the "oh, shit" moment yet". He is one of Haiti's best known Kompa singers who is infamous for taking his clothes off while performing and has no prior government experience but definitely has the hearts of many Haitians and maybe that is what it will take. Having lived in a state with a professional wrestler as governor I have kept my mouth shut on the issue. He isn't a fan of NGO's being here, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out when he officially takes office on May 7th.
If you'd like to read more about him, here is a quick article with some info: