October 26th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Video: Haitian president on rebuilding Haiti

Five months into his administration, Haiti's president, Michel Martelly, is looking to turn his country around. He also wants to reinstitute the country’s army, which was disbanded in 1995. But with an estimated half a million Haitians still living in makeshift tents, following the January 2010 earthquake, and Haiti’s new government just taking root, some Haitians are questioning Martelly’s priorities.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, AC360’s Vladimir Duthiers sat down with President Martelly to discusses his position on Haiti's military, the challenges of protecting and educating children, and why – despite widespread opposition in his country – he wants the United Nations to remain in Haiti for the time being.

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  1. Vince

    Great Interview!

    It makes sense for the President to want the UN to remain in Haiti in the interim – while the Nation goes through its transition, since it would not be prudent to let the UN go without having an immediate capable replacement to provide the much needed security & protection at this time. Leaving a void in that respect, would be unwise and turn an already unstable and fragile environment in the Nation into a chaotic situation. However, that does not negate the fact that 1/2 a million people living in make shift tents should be a number 1 priority. Rightfully so, the people should voice their plights.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm |