Country Risk

Newly appointed 'consensus government' in Haiti unlikely to solve political stalemate as further violent street protests highly likely

21 January 2015

Key Points

  • President Martelly has been ruling by decree since 13 January after parliament was dissolved, producing a power vacuum in the legislature and concentration of power in the executive.
  • Criticism of the new government by the opposition signals the likely failure of solving the political impasse. Further violent protests in main cities are expected during 2015.
  • Elections are unlikely before the second half of 2015. However, the risk of Martelly being ousted by force is low as there are no armed groups capable of staging a coup.


Anti-government street protests are likely to increase in the coming year, as overdue elections are unlikely to be organised before the second half of the year.

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