January 19th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

What happened to Haiti's government?

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A crowd watches a U.S. Army helicopter land Tuesday on the grounds of Haiti's ruined Presidential Palace.

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

What has happened to Haiti's government? Where is it?

We went to look for it, and we found it.

The ornate Presidential Palace was destroyed in the earthquake. The temporary Presidential Palace is a rundown police station near the Port-Au-Prince airport.

Inside, we find the nation's President and Prime Minister. President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive say they are in control of the government, but do acknowledge they have "dramatically reduced capacity" to carry out their work.

Nevertheless, they tell us Haitians should be confident the institutions of their society are still in existence. There are 18 cabinet members the president tells me, and all survived the quake.

So while we were in the police station, we watched many of those cabinet members sitting at card tables trying to literally and figuratively put the pieces of their nation back together.

There is tremendous grief in this room, but also a fierce determination to make things better. But nobody thinks normalcy will return here for a very long time. The prime minister tells me some news that reinforces how difficult the task ahead is: 70,000 corpses have already been counted.

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Haiti Earthquake
soundoff (4 Responses)

    I am so sorry about what happened to yall and you families....how can i helpp yall????I am a 14 year old and is trying my best to help yall....if i had money i swear i would try to help yall..but right now i have no money...i am so sorry i could not help yall....

    January 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Roberta Cruz

    These guys must still be in shock after all that has happened. Besides sitting at card tables figuring out the future of their country what else are they doing?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  3. Andrew

    I am real angry bout this whole Haiti fundraising. We have a million homeless in our own country but yet will are going to send money to a country that has squandered its money away the last time we helped. It can't just be because we feel bad for them. I do feel for their county but think maybe "Give a man a fish a...nd you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

    January 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  4. Jessy

    I vote for Anderson and Sanjay

    You guys seem to be the only ones who know whats happening there?

    You guys rock!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

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