Opposition Candidate and Foreign Businesses Targeted by Armed Commandos as Unelected Haitian President's Term Exceeds His Mandate

If the possibility of a peaceful political transition seemed distant in Haiti, that dream now seems even more impossible, after armed commandos brazenly stormed Petionville -- one of the wealthier areas of Haiti -- and targeted foreign and local businesses in the area.

IHS reported that the "Marriot hotel, Telecom providers Natcom and Digicel, vehicle retailers Behrmann Motors and Automeca, and Haitian banking group Sogebank" had been targeted, causing great fear that the few businesses still operating in Haiti could be driven out of the country. 

Some residents of Petionville describe the attacks as a direct affront on the country's political stability, and warned that further attacks could have repercussions leading all the way to the presidential palace, where Jocelerme Privert has been in power for two weeks beyond what his mandate dictated. 

Jean Henry Céant, presidential candidate for Renmen Ayiti, has argued that it is unconstitutional to "confirm or extend the mandate of President Privert, who cannot be a candidate to succeed himself, since he has already served a term [under the Constitution.]"
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Mr. Céant, perhaps for his criticism, was the apparent target of an ambush, saved by the grace of not being in his vehicle on the day during which it was fired upon by armed assailants. 

Given the level of social strife in Haiti, and combined with the fact that the military was disbanded after the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship, the acquisition of high-grade military weapons and ammunition is a difficult task, exacerbated even more so by the level of poverty rampant in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.

Individuals using automatic weapons and expending ammunition without apparent financial motive can only have one purpose: intimidating businesses and politicians, with the goal of implementing an agenda.

According to politicians in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti, Guy Philippe's hands can be seen in the political instability gripping Haiti.

Mr. Philippe, a US-backed warlord who led an invasion army into Haiti from the Dominican Republic to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is back out of the shadows, ready to serve globalist interests as Hillary Clinton's presidency increasingly becomes a greater certainty.

Eventually, the commandos behind these brazen assaults will succeed in wounding or killing a presidential candidate or a prominent businessmen, sparking either an exodus or more chaos on the streets. Over a decade into a United Nations stabilization mission, and stability remains nothing more than wishful thinking.