By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, October 13, 6:55 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian President Michel Martelly says he’s determined to move forward with a controversial plan to bring back the army to the Caribbean nation.
The leader says he will rebuild the force even if he doesn’t have the support of others. Martelly says the army will be a modern force that doesn’t hatch coups, but instead responds to natural disasters and guards the border and seas.
The government’s plans to restore the military came to light two weeks ago after The Associated Press obtained a document that outlined the force’s objectives.
The plan comes with controversy because the military was once used as a tool for abuse and coups before it was disbanded in 1995.
Martelly made the remarks to reporters Thursday.