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U.S. Pulls Funding for Haiti Elections

The U.S. State department announced on Thursday that they will not be financing the next round of Haitian elections. Having already put in $33 million to finance the first round of elections, the U.S. says they did not plan funding for 2 more electoral rounds. This decision comes with the European Union’s decision to pull its electoral mission from Haiti last month. It seems Haiti is on her own, but spokespeople say that Haiti will come up with the funds needed to finance the elections because it is of utmost priority.

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U. S. to Haiti: Pay for your own elections

Jacqueline Charles Miami Herald

July 7th, 2016 

The U.S. will not be financing Haiti’s Oct. 9 rerun presidential elections, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday.

Kirby said Haitian officials were notified on July 1 that the U.S. government, which provided $33 million toward last year’s contested legislative and presidential elections, “has suspended its assistance toward the completion of the presidential electoral process.”

“We did not plan funding for two more electoral rounds in 2016 and 2017,” Kirby said.

He insisted during a news briefing that the suspension of electoral aid did not symbolize a “reduction in U.S. support for the development of Haiti” or its people.

The U.S., along with the European Union, which announced last month that it was pulling its elections observer mission from Haiti , has made no secret of its displeasure with the country’s decision to rerun the first round of the presidential race. The decision was taken by the Provisional Electoral Council on the recommendations of a five-member panel tasked with auditing the Oct. 25 vote.

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