Haiti Elections 1987

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Gonaives, Haiti.November 21, 1987..The military patrols the streets of cites outside the capital in anticipation of violent clashes prior to elections being held on November 29th. It was to be the first attempt at a democratic election in Haiti. It was unsuccessful as 34 people were killed at a polling station and elections were moved up to February 1988...Leslie François Manigat won the election with many political parties boycotting. He had military backing but once in office he sought greater control over the military in an effort, to fight corruption. Manigat's government was overthrown by General Henri Namphy within months.