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Bodies washed ashore in Haiti amid shipwreck fears

At least 17 people are believed to have drowned in a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti.

The bodies of 11 men and six women washed ashore in the coastal town of Le Borgne, about 100 miles (160km) north of Port-au-Prince, the AP reports.

One official told AFP news agency the dead were migrants who were trying to reach the neighboring Turks and Caicos Islands, but this is unconfirmed.

No sign of a ship has been found and it is unclear if there were any survivors.

A return to dictatorship or a Haitian Spring?

New Internationalist

It remains to be seen how July’s elections will change the political landscape of Haiti, but there is little faith that Martelly will let go of the reins of power in an election that is free or fair.

By Claire Fauset

Haiti's President Martelly is increasingly unpopular. www.GlynLowe.com under a Creative Commons Licence
Haiti’s President Martelly is increasingly unpopular. http://www.GlynLowe.com under a Creative Commons Licence

Haiti’s political system is in turmoil. Years of failure by the Michel Martelly regime to hold elections have left nearly all the seats in the government empty and Martelly essentially ruling by decree. Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in weekly demonstrations since November, facing teargas and rubber bullets from police and UN troops. They are demanding the resignation of the president and the removal of UN forces, which they view as an imperialist occupation. Continue reading A return to dictatorship or a Haitian Spring?