In a press briefing dedicated to the U.S. suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti, State Department Spokesman John Kirby denied the motivation of the move as having any basis in leverage. Recalling the highly contested EU and OAS reports on the 2015 elections, Kirby reiterated that the elections had been found to be acceptable in the eyes of some international observers. He refused to divulge the details of the Haitian-American diplomatic conversations while in an exchange with two journalists.
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U.S. denies Haiti election aid suspension is about leverage
Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel
July 10, 2016
The Obama administration on Thursday denied its suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti was for the sake of leverage after the island nation resolved to scrap a massively fraudulent election from 2015. State Department Spokesman John Kirby fielded and stumbled over questions from journalists during the July 7, 2016 press briefing on the matter.
The State Department was clear in its opposition to a suspension of the electoral cycle on January 22, an investigation and subsequent findings of massive fraud, May 1 to May 31, and the decision of a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to at least redo the presidential contest. “We’ve made no bones about the fact that we had concerns about the way the process was unfolding. And as I said, we had no plans – did not plan for funding for two more electoral rounds,” said Mr. Kirby undenying of the Obama administration displeasure. But when asked whether the suspension of electoral assistance was linked to Haiti’s decision to scrap the first contests, he began to stumble
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