Salvation Army

One step forward, two steps back: the Haitian Parliament is scheduled to vote this week on a plan for a "national salvation government" that looks like a ruse to perpetuate military rule. By calling for a new prime minister, the army-backed proposal slyly addresses one demand of an OAS-mediated parliamentary agreement, but pointedly ignores its most important requirement-the return to office of ousted President Jean-Baptiste Aristide. The plan also calls for new presidential elections, as a way of closing the book on Aristide.