Sept. 19, 2009, midnight
French Foreign Minister Bernard KOUCHNER last weekend urged the United Nations to maintain peacekeeping forces in Haiti through that country's 2011 Presidential elections. Many analysts expect a tense election environment with incumbent President Rene PREVAL stating he will not run. Violence derailed Senate elections in two districts last spring, and authorities since have not rescheduled a postponed runoff in one of them. PREVAL in 2006 became Haiti's first democratically elected President following a 2004 coup that ousted former President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE. Peacekeepers have been in the country since ARISTIDE'S ouster.