Meet Sweet Micky Martelly, Your New Haitian President

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We spent most of the Haitian presidential campaign ridiculing the idea of a musician with zero political experience and shady personal finances running a country as desperately messed up as Haiti. Fortunately, Wyclef pulled out of the race. Whew!

Then yesterday, Haitians responded at the polls -- by electing a musician with zero political experience and shady personal finances. He makes a mean '80s music video, though. Meet Sweet Micky Martelly, your new Haitian hope!

Thanks to a strong push from young Haitians -- who earlier staged huge protests to ensure he made a runoff election -- Martelly won 68 percent of the vote, the BBC reports, to beat former first lady Mirlande Manigath.

Here's what you need to know about Haiti's new jefe:

Pro: The 49-year-old entertainer is beloved by young Haitians, who responded to his criticism of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide and his promise to restore the Army, which has been disbanded for almost 20 years.

Con: Sweet Micky's most notable political experience to date has been "taking part in demonstrations," the BBC reports.

Pro: One of the most accomplished performers ever in the Haitian dance style called compas.

Con: "As an entertainer, he often wore costumes and wigs, and has been known to drop his trousers on stage," says the BBC.

Pro: He wants to build houses.

Con: Martelly, who spent time as a construction worker in Miami, has defaulted on nearly $1 million in loans on South Florida properties and lost three houses in the area to foreclosure.

Pro: Knows how to dance with a sexy lady:

Con: Thinks Don Johnson suits are appropriate beach-wear:

But: Anyone who can lead this kind of choreographed dance in pink shorts and a pink hat can lead a nation in distress:

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Scotty
Scotty

No racism, nor sexism has anything to do with this comment... but, are the Haitian people absolutely retarded?? This has got to be one of the dumbest things in the history of their country. As posted earlier, Haiti was the leader in abolishing slavery and had great ports full of exports and enterprise and then they made a wrong turn which a lot of countries do (ours include right now as a matter of fact) but the kicker is... Haiti won't straighten the wheel, they continue to make wrong turns and this just proves it even further. So there is some truth to the comment of how "haiti won't change until the people want it too!" This is a travesty to this already diseased poverty stricken country that just experienced one of the worst natural disaster's in history. I feel so bad for those people because now they have some jackass that can't even manage his own check book making decisions for everyone! Jesus help them!!

DaGuerre
DaGuerre

I spent most of the Haitian presidential campaign wondering why anyone spends even two seconds thinking about this shithole of a country. Most of the so-called leaders of Haiti don't have enough sense to run a laundromat. Haiti has always been a pig sty and will remain so. Because that's how the Haitian people like it. Otherwise they would have done something about it by now instead of wallowing in their own filth.

Lola
Lola

This is as interesting as when a actor, with who not even born in the US and was once in a lifetime a bodybuilder and a robot with "i ll be back" as his only line, and no political experience, was elected as governor of California! Wait.. yes. it happened in the US as well. I guess you don't need to be a third world country to have ridiculous election processes and "unique" candidates!

maille
maille

You are 100% correct.I was born in Haiti myself and I can not even immagine that has actually happen. How ever I know why.just listen to Martelly's supporters.They express violence in case in had lost. They are either lnot educated,less educated or educated with financial problem and a minimum of them are educated and has money but hungry to share the power with him.most of them are paid to vote,/////mrs Manigat followers are more educated.They will not often fight physically.People of Haiti is suffering and it is a shame

Jynee
Jynee

Give Micky a break! you Americans elected George W. Bush! At least Micky can speak French, Creole and English. Bush couldn't even speak his own English language and he went to Yale,So Please get off your pedestal, Haiti has nowhere to go but up! This guy care for His country and are surrounded by a bunch of smart folks. This win was not easy because Haiti politic is a landmine. he has the ability to unite the country and move the people forward. people talk always talk about his days as an entertainer but no one mentions that whenever there's a disaster this dude is always there, Hurricanes, floods, and even when the Haitian national soccer team had no money to travel he provide them with the funds! Even in his music, he has always been critical of Haiti's politics and was always outspoken about the country's condition, He did not just come out of nowhere for Haitians. He's just a funny guy! This guy is going to revolutionize the way people view Haiti. our poverty is not all we have to offer, we wanted a leader that saw our potential not just our setbacks! he ran a superb campain and connect with the people. stop belittling someone you know nothing about!

Nakiafine
Nakiafine

you r just plain stupid im Haitian and i find what you said very offensive. you are just ignorant

SweetMickeyRules
SweetMickeyRules

You're an idiot dude. The entire White world embargoed the fuck out of Haiti when they had threw the first successful slave revolution to create an independent black republic. Sure they've made their own problems too, just like everybody else. But you are obviously an ignorant, racist shithead yourself.

Maille
Maille

Do you ever own something expensive who you let some one with no experience handle you money?You need to use your brain.Leading a country is not a joke

Spacemonkeyluis
Spacemonkeyluis

Yea, but Arnold wasn't elected president. Thus dude now makes all the decisions for Haiti. I'm with it though, Sweet Micky 4 life! Lol

Iamnotyoubitch
Iamnotyoubitch

When you said "you Americans" is your intention to say that you are not? And if you are not,what are you doing here? There is more brain matter in one of Mr. Bush's fart than in the whole group of imbecils that elected this clown.Including you.

Maille
Maille

of course he cares but we will see how he will com up with an effective plan to better the country.lack of competence might make him deceive hie people. Most of his suporters are needy and the country can not even keep up with it's own budget. The history of 3 for closures of the three houses he own in Florida is scary.Haiti may now go on forclosure.They are now questioning him on where the source of money that finance his campagn come from? We know he is not a millionnaire.Now how he will pay back the people who finance his campagn.Ms Manigat now claim fraud and it is more complicated.Why the guy who went to the building after midnight alone is suspicious of switching the result.If it is true,the people who counted the votes will be called to court.We don't know until after investigations are completed.Morally Mr Martelly have done every thing that disqualify him as the first man of the nation.Is he a faithfull husband? Does he respect women and children? his songs are so dirty and disgusting .He insult women,good women in his songs.What is the type of example is he for the youth.He is comfortable to show his buttocks and posed in public.Shame has just come upon Haiti.This is a real curse.He show the type of taste haitian have. Imcapable to choose a competant person to lead. Haitians who voted him have poor judgements . Can you request some one with no driving experience who has never drive before to drive you on a high way? Haitians who voted him just did that.Mr Martelly may love his country but his leadership is scary.

Maille
Maille

he has his opinion.you have your own why you are insulted him.He had made a valid point. International guests are already questioning Martelly about his finance,where he get all this monies from after loosing three house in fore closure in Florida.This different than play music ,dance ,have fun and go home.It is scarry

Ddd
Ddd

Arnold wasn't elected President but he was elected to oversee the 8th largest economy in the world. It can happen in America and probably will again.

Mariejean10@yahoo.com
Mariejean10@yahoo.com

bush and brains dont even go in the same sentence fool lol atleast this guy can write his own music but on the other hand bush not only syupid and dumb the man had problem reading what other people wrote for him so please bush and brains? you crazy

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