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17/09/2014 09:59:18

Haiti - Politic : New American pressure on the Haitian Senate
Monday, 15 Members of US Congress sent a letter to Senate President Simon Dieuseul Desras to share their concerns about the persistent delays of elections and urge him and his colleagues to quickly ratify the electoral law to allow elections to take place.

Senator Desras confirming having received this correspondence and give it all its importance, emphasizes that these are regular exchanges of letters and recalled that the 27th amendment took 200 years before be ratified in the US Senate...

Reacting to the letter, the Senators of the opposition Jean Baptiste Bien-aimé, member of G6, protests against the "imperialist" attitude of these congressmen that he describes as lobbyists serving the Government Martelly / Lamothe. He says the G6, will not yield to pressure and will continue to require compliance with the Constitution, namely, the formation of a Provisional Electoral Council under Article 289 and a new electoral bill.

Senator Moïse Jean-Charles (member of G6) abounds in the same direction as his colleague and called the President of the Senate not to bow to pressure, saying that these congresmen Americans should know that they can not rely on the G6 to violate the Constitution.

Letter from Members of US Congress :

"Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras
President, Senate of Haiti
Dear Senator Desras:

As members of the United States Congress and as longtime friends of Haiti, we write to express our concem over the continued delay in the holding of critical elections this year in Haiti.

As elected representatives of the Haitian people, we are sure you and your colleagues share the conviction that free, fair, and credible elections are an indispensable tenet of any democracy. Haitians, like all citizens in a democracy, have a right to express their will through regular and timely elections for their government representatives. That is why we are deeply concerned that the Haitian Senate has been unable to pass the requisite legislation to authorize elections this year. We believe that Haitians deserve better than to have this fundamental democratic right continually delayed. We are deeply concerned that should the protracted political impasse continue, Haiti's standing as a stable democracy could be at risk. This could have grave consequences, potentially reversing progress made in recent years and impeding the kind of development Haiti needs so badly.

We respectfully are writing to you, because we believe you can help end the impasse in the Senate by supporting the formation of a quorum to move the stalled elections legislation forward. It is in this spirit that we urge you to take a leadership role in passing the stalled elections legislation.

As advocates for Haiti in our own Congress, we pledge to work closely with your government and intemational partners to support free, fair and transparent elections. The Obama Administration ensures us that it will work with your govemment and international donors to support independent election monitoring to help ensure a fair election process for all candidates. But first, legislation must be passed to enable these elections to take place.

We urge you and your colleagues to quickly pass legislation to enable elections to take place, and we kindly ask that you share this letter and our concerns with all of your fellow Senators. We look forward to our continued collaboration in strengthening the U.S. Haitian partnership. Thank you very much for your attention to this important matter."

List of Co-Signers :

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs ; Rep. Ileana RosLehtinen (R-FL), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Middle East and Central Asia ; Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) ; Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) ; Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) ; Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) ; Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs ; Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Westem Hemisphere ; Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subconunittee on the Westem Hemisphere ; Rep. Nita M. Lovvey (D-NY), Ranking Member, House Appropriations
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs ; Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) ; Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) ; Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) ; Rep, Debbie Wassennan Schultz (D-FL) ; Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member, House Commitee on the Judiciary

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