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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

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February 3, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that Michel ‘Sweet Micky' Martelly and Mirlande Manigat will advance to a second round runoff next month in that nation's presidential election, which is consistent with the recommendations included in a report from the Organization of American States (OAS):

January 19, 2011 In The News

A U.S. congresswoman with long-standing interest in Haiti says she is worried that wealthy Haitians may have promoted the return of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, hoping to benefit if he returns to power.

Rep. Maxine Waters said late Tuesday she was concerned that Duvalier's wealthy supporters may have tried to take advantage of an electoral dispute that has forced delays in a presidential runoff vote. She says a power vacuum is possible when President Rene Preval leaves office on Feb. 7.

January 18, 2011 Press Release
Baby Doc return to Haiti
December 14, 2010 Press Release
Ambassador Holbrooke
December 8, 2010 In The News

by Sam Petulla

December 3, 2010 Committee Remark
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) entered the following statement into the record:

"I would like to thank Chairman Gregory Meeks for organizing this hearing on "Investments Tied to Genocide:  Sudan Divestment and Beyond."

October 12, 2010 In The News

By Joseph Guyler Delva

The United States should only support November elections in Haiti if they include all eligible political parties, a group of U.S. lawmakers said, warning they saw signs of flaws that could be a "recipe for disaster."

In a letter sent this week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the members of Congress said failure to hold free, fair and inclusive presidential and legislative elections on Nov. 28 could endanger Haiti's governance and reconstruction after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

October 12, 2010 In The News

Forty-five members of Congress have urged US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to support free, fair and inclusive elections in Haiti next month.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters and her colleagues say they are concerned that the exclusion of over a dozen political parties in Haiti's 28 November presidential and legislative elections is "undemocratic and unconstitutional".

Those left out are said to include the Fanmi Lavalas party of exiled former president Jean Bertrand Aristide.

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