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Haiti's First Female President Speaks at PBA

September 24, 2010
Sept. 24, 2010

Repairing the structural damage from January's earthquake is but one of the challenges that the next president of Haiti will face, that country's first female president said on Friday.

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, former provisional president of Haiti, speaks with students at PBA on Friday.

A greater challenge will involve unifying the people from the country's different sectors, as well as those who left the country in the wake of the disaster, said Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, who served as the nation's provisional president from 1990 to 1991.

Speaking to a small group of students, faculty and invited guests at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Pascal-Trouillot spoke about the country's future as well as its past. Asked about the upcoming presidential election, she said about 19 candidates are seeking the office.

"The problem is that once that person is elected, the major work that he will have to do is to try and really reconcile all of the different areas of the private sector and all of the people from Haiti who have relocated to different countries, who have been dispersed," she said through a translator. "And he is going to have to now tend to all of those sectors and reconcile them."

Education, housing and food for the people are also top priorities, Pascal-Trouillot said. "There must be a plan to rebuild and provide housing for the people," she said.

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, center, poses with PBA students.
She said she is aware of several international companies that claim to have the ability to build as many as 16 new houses per day in Haiti. In addition, plans are in the works to reconfigure downtown Port-au-Prince during the rebuilding process in order to reduce congestion. Plans are also under way to rezone some areas, she said.

Since leaving office nearly 20 years ago, Pascal-Trouillot has written several books on law, and she is the author of the first biographical encyclopedia of Haiti. She now lives in the United States.

Pascal-Trouillot was a chief justice of Haiti's supreme court when she took office. She oversaw the nation's first free and democratic election, which resulted in the election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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