U.S. Expects More From Haiti Says Clinton

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CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Dec. 14, 2010: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration expects more from Haiti and is urging the current government to push more to resolve the current political crisis there.

Speaking in Wakefield, Quebec, where she was meeting with her Mexican and Canadian counterparts, Clinton warned Haitian leaders on Monday to heed a top senator`s calls for freezing US aid to Haiti.

She said Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy call on Friday should be taken as a `very strong signal that we expect more and we`re looking for more.`

Days of rioting over preliminary election results in Haiti has left at least five people dead even as candidates and their supporters insist the ruling UNITY party led by President Rene Preval perpetrated fraud during the November 28th election in an attempt to steal the victory.

A U.S. State Department cable released by WikiLeaks, dated June 2009, had forecasted the current turmoil and strongly hinted that Preval, who has served his maximum of two terms, would seek to manage his succession.

Supporters of singer Michel Martelly, alias Sweet Mickey, are especially upset that their candidate came in third in preliminary results released by the Provisional Election Council last Tuesday and have largely taken to the streets of Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in protest. The current results mean Martelly will be excluded from a Janaury 16th run-off between Marlene Manigat and UNITY Party candidate and a relative of Preval, Jude Celestin.

The PEC had offered to recount the ballot but both Manigat and Martelly have turned down the offer pointing to obvious fraud in the election. Martelly, 49, is currently refusing as he alleges it would just be rigged like the election itself. The election commission on Sunday extended for three days the legal contest period.

 

Ambassadors from the U.S., France, Spain, Brazil, the UN, the Organization of American States and the European Union urged the candidates to prevent violence and pursue legal means to challenge the election results.
The U.S. embassy earlier condemned the unrest, pleaded for calm and queried Celestin`s unexpectedly strong showing, which it said was `inconsistent` with evidence on the ground.
Meanwhile, a meeting between UN envoy and former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, and Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, that was set for today, has been moved to the neighboring Dominican Republic because of the post-election unrest.

 

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