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Haiti's decision to eliminate the government-backed candidate from a presidential runoff won praise from foreign powers Thursday, and the U.S. and others signaled they would agree with President Rene Preval staying in office for a few months past the end of his term.
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):
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.
by Sam Petulla
"I would like to thank Chairman Gregory Meeks for organizing this hearing on "Investments Tied to Genocide: Sudan Divestment and Beyond."
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.
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.