March 02, 2011 20:18 EST
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — A candidate in Haiti’s presidential runoff election says it’s time to start selling the true image of Haiti as a rich country instead of a disaster-prone wreck.
At a campaign stop in Coral Gables on Wednesday, Michel Martelly said tourism and investment will help solve the security issues that have plagued the Caribbean country.
Martelly also promises to create jobs and improve access to education and health care. He also wants to reinstate Haiti’s army to replace United Nations peacekeepers.
The 50-year-old candidate is better known as the singer “Sweet Micky.” He faces former first lady Mirlande Manigat in Haiti’s March 20 runoff vote.