After weeks of pushing Haiti to go forward with elections that are widely seen as illegitimate, the U.S. government has finally acknowledged the need for a transitional period. In the interview below, Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten says that the U.S. opposes a long transitional period but know that a temporary solution is needed. What remains to be seen is whether the U.S. government will support a more democratic elections process going forward.
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Exclusive – Short-term interim government likely in Haiti – U.S. official
Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters
January 25, 2016
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti is likely to install an interim government to transfer power to a new president, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, after the Caribbean nation called off an election days before current President Michel Martelly is due to leave office.
The United States’ Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten said Washington wanted to see new elections quickly and opposed a long transitional period, but acknowledged elections were unlikely to be held before Martelly’s Feb. 7 departure date.
“Realistically speaking,” Merten told Reuters, “We may be looking at some sort of temporary solution until there is a handover to a new elected president. Our fear is that we go into a situation that is open ended.”
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