Republican Senator Marco Rubio's March 27, 2017 announcement alone is never enough to stamp him as a friend or foe of Haiti. On that day, Rubio delivered a statement warning the governments of El Salvador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic that the US would cut off aid if they failed to vote to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States. The socialist President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has jailed political opponents, ignored the results of regional elections and commandeered the judiciary branch as the country has spiraled into poverty and chaos.
Do we know the reason why Marco Rubio spoke so? Perhaps Senator Rubio was announcing future U.S policy which is beyond his control to reshape or influencec or he was honestly admitting the truth and making us aware of the future. From the recent policies and actions of the Trump administration, such policy shift is not very unlikely, maybe Senator Rubio has rightly clarified that gwe have a very difficult situation in Washington, where massive cuts in foreign aid are under consideration and it will be very difficult for us to justify assistance to those countries if they, at the end of the day, are countries that do not cooperate in the defense of democracy in the region.h It is a fact that his earlier records never suggested that Senator Rubio was known for carrying the Haiti agenda in Congress. In the earlier part of the last presidential election, the action of his department suggested that he was a lobbyist of Laurent Lamothe.
The pressure continues to build on the Haitian government from inside as well as in the outside. The American government in particular wants immediate elections in Haiti and have been communicating directly and indirectly with the government. Three .U.S. Senators are now asking for sanctions to be imposed on Haiti.
In a letter addressed to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Senators David Perdue, Marco Rubio and Johnny Isakson to use every tool to ensure that Haitian authorities to respect the agreement recently signed and conducts elections by the deadline. They want the Government of Privert to work closely with the new CEP to conduc the election as scheduled and to avoid any pretext for postponement.
The dream for Laurent Lamoth to become the next president of Haiti seems to be diminishing. The BCEN that actually issued the verdict late yesterday to reject his candidacy really put some waters in his fire. The BCEN based their decision due to the absence of discharge.
In the meantime, Lamothe has been rallying his troop to apply some pressure on the CEP to allow him to participate in the election, which so far doesn't seem to be working. From radio presentation to news conference bot in Haiti and the Diaspora, nothing seem to be going on his favor.
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