Guarding a fire set to disrupt the elections to be held on November 29th, 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.