Haitian Police Chief Battles Widespread Corruption

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hide captionU.N. peacekeepers patrol in Port-au-Prince. A political campaign sign hanging over the street says in Creole that the Lavi, a group associated with President-elect Rene Preval, will bring security and disarmament to Haiti.

Lorne Matalon
U.N. peacekeepers patrol in Port-au-Prince.

U.N. peacekeepers patrol in Port-au-Prince. A political campaign sign hanging over the street says in Creole that the Lavi, a group associated with President-elect Rene Preval, will bring security and disarmament to Haiti.

Lorne Matalon
Haitian National Police Chief  Mario Andresol  (center) has become a symbol of reform in Haiti.

hide captionHaitian National Police Chief Mario Andresol (center) has become a symbol of reform in Haiti.

Lorne Matalon

As Haiti's president-elect Rene Preval takes power, the man who must try to keep order during this transition is considered a reformer and rarely grants access to Western media. Mario Andresol is the recently appointed chief of the Haitian National Police.

Andresol has started a purge of the force. At considerable risk, he has arrested dozens of officers he says are involved in drug trafficking, organized kidnapping rings and politically motivated killings. His efforts to clean up the police force have made him a symbol of reform.

"The system is corrupted," Andresol says. "The system is spoiled. You cannot have a new government in the same system as we have now. Unfortunately, everyone only thinks about elections and how to become president. And yet at the same time, our system that we have now, the establishment, is spoiled, and corrupt."

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