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A SPECIAL SECTION: Haiti, Since the January 12, 2010 Fierce Earthquake

Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010  

US leading Democratic Senator calls for foreign aid to be suspended to Haiti, entry to be refused to government officials                                        
Following disputed national elections in Haiti, which caused mass protests and violence in the quake and cholera-plagued nation, a US senator has called for a suspension of aid and visas.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy has called on US President Obama's administration to suspend aid to the country and cancel visas for its top officials to visit the US until the outcome of the election is resolved.

"As if Haiti did not have enough problems, now, once again, those in power there are trying to subvert the will of the people," said Leahy in a statement, adding that it was the responsibility of the US government to show Haiti that it would not tolerate such acts.

"The United States must come down squarely in support of the Haitian people's right to choose their leaders freely and fairly," said Leahy's statement.

The November 28th elections remain disputed with incumbent President Rene Preval remaining in power despite allegations of irregularities and fraud in the presidential poll, which is to go to a run-off in January.

Leahy chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, this Subcommittee oversees aid to foreign countries including Haiti.

Haiti has been left devastated by the January 12th earthquake in 2010 that destroyed much of the capital and left over one million without shelter and 200,000 dead.

The national government has relied on foreign assistance in funding its disputed elections while a cholera epidemic has killed over 2000 people. Source:

Calcuta News.net, published Saturday, December 11, 2010.
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