"They didn't get any breakthrough. I don't think they're getting anywhere," said economist Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the nonpartisan Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. "There's too many negatives here — the secrecy, the enormous domestic opposition not just from labor but from environmental groups and public health groups. Their negotiating partners know they don't have anything approaching a public consensus."
"The international community should reject these elections and affirm support for democratic institutions in Haiti," Mr. Weisbrot said. "Otherwise, Haiti could be left with a government that is widely seen as illegitimate."