February 8, 2016

UPDATE: Haitian Protesters Call For Removal Of Clinton-Backed President

UPDATE: Over the weekend, the Haitian government signed a “last-minute agreement to install a transitional government” and avoid “plunging into an immediate power vacuum.” The decision to appoint an interim government came after a January 24 vote was postponed and protests called for President Michel Martelly’s resignation following a “first round of voting that many saw as deeply fraudulent.” Martelly first became President of the country in 2011 following Hillary Clinton’s intervention.

Martelly first ran for election in late 2010 but, after he lost the first round of elections, allegations quickly mounted that the sitting president had tried to “steal the election and install his chosen candidate.” In January 2011, the Organization of American States (OAS) reported that Martelly had in fact continued on to the second round. Cue Hillary Clinton. Clinton visited Haiti to push the OAS’s findings with Politico’s Jonathan Katz later noting that Clinton’s “most important mission was to make sure all the parties in Haiti agreed to put Martelly back into the race.” Clinton reportedly threatened to cut off U.S. aid to Haiti if Martelly was not allowed to run.

Years later, Clinton-backed President Michel Martelly has not yet held an election during his five-year tenure, allowing “the terms of every elected official in the country” to expire and “leaving Mr. Martelly to rule by decree for an entire year.” Martelly’s administration has been marked by “criminality,” “including its protection of members of an alleged kidnapping and drug smuggling ring.” When questioned about Martelly’s “track record” and Clinton’s continued support for him, Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill simply responded, “she supports democratic elections, just like she did as secretary,” and “declined further comment.”

Over six years after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, and after the Clintons embarked on a failed reconstruction effort, Haiti continues to contend with the legacy of Hillary Clinton’s interference in its electoral process. Clinton’s failures have left the “poorest country in the Americas” trying to pick up the piecess. Clinton’s mistakes as Secretary of State have worsened Haiti’s standing and the country’s ability to get back on the road to recovery.