Hillary Clinton heading to Haiti to discuss political impasse

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit Haiti on Sunday for talks on resolving the country’s Presidential poll stand-off, rebuilding efforts and the Cholera epidemic, rttnews.com reports.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement that Clinton will hold talks with members of civilian population, political leaders, President Rene Preval and international partners on the political deadlock as well as reconstruction efforts.

The top US diplomat last visited the Caribbean nation in January 2010, just days after a devastating earthquake of 7.0 magnitude rattled the region killing over 220,000 people and rendering around 1.3 million people homeless. The quake also reduced the capital, Port-au-Prince, to rubble.

“The United States and Haiti share the mutual commitment to building Haiti anew after the devastating earthquake one year ago, and to ensure a strong future for Haiti’s people and its democracy,” Crowley said.

Haiti has witnessed a political impasse following the November 28 first round poll which saw Preval’s chosen successor, Jude Celestin, polling 7000 votes more than his nearet rival and popular crooner Michel Martelly. As a result, Celestin also qualified for a second round run-off against former first lady Mirlande Manigat.

Shortly after news of Celestin’s victory emerged, protests broke out across Haiti as opposition candidates accused the election commission and Preval of rigging the vote.

For the original report go to http://www.rttnews.com/Content/PoliticalNews.aspx?Id=1539168&SM=1

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