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Haiti - FLASH : The Biden administration no longer calls for elections to be held this year
19/08/2021 11:03:54

Haiti - FLASH : The Biden administration no longer calls for elections to be held this year
The Biden administration no longer calls for elections in Haiti this year given the recent earthquake https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34525-haiti-flash-the-toll-is-growing-nearly-15-000-victims-partial-assessment.html which devastated the South of Haiti.

The earthquake only heightened US concern over the security situation as gang activity and the investigation into the July 7 murder of President Jovenel Moïse exceeded capacity of the Haitian National Police.

"It’s too early to tell what the impact on the political process of the earthquake is," said Jake Sullivan, White House national security advisor, said at a press briefing. "We’re in the process of assessing that."

A senior official in the Biden administration said "We strongly support holding elections as soon as they are viable" recalling that "Even pre-earthquake, they’re in the middle of a pandemic, and the security situation was one that was concerning [...] The policy remains that we want to make sure Haitians can freely and fairly exercise their right to vote [...] Right now the focus is on an immediate response to the aftermath of the earthquake [...]"

Let's recall that a few days before the earthquake, the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti had presented a new Calendar to the Executive which proposed a combined, Presidential, legislative and referendum ballot on November 7, 2021. A date which now seems uncertain https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34461-haiti-flash-new-electoral-calendar-official.html , calendar that the Prime Minister ai Ariel Henry had rejected.

"The earthquake may delay that process even more now, probably into early 2022," declared Georges Fauriol, expert from Haiti, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) adding "That puts a burden on key international supporters, in particular the United States [...] because the more you move into 2022, the more you hit the historical calendar of presidential terms — and that essentially means you run into 2022 with the delayed beginning of a normal presidential term [...]"

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