Who Speaks for Lavalas?
This week was quite confusing for Lavalas watchers - like yours truly - who are wondering whether the party will participate in the elections or not. The "we will / we will not" flurry of contradictory statements is emblematic of Aristide's "roule'm de bò" policy. It also highlights the PR problem that is probably driving crazy the press - Haitian and foreign alike - as to who is officially mandated to speak on behalf of Lavalas.
So let's tabulate the spokespersons and official representatives, as of today:
- Gérard Gilles
- Yvon Feuillé
- Rudy Hérivaux
- Samba Boukman
- Felito Doran
- Gérard Jean-Juste
- Maryse Narcisse
- Jonas Petit
- Mario Dupuy
- Marguerite Laurent (occasionally)
No wonder we are all confused. And when Felito Doran directly contradicts Yvon Feuillé even though they both reside here, we are left to wonder:
WHO REALLY SPEAKS FOR LAVALAS? ANYONE?