Haiti to get election aid from Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to visit Haiti yesterday to meet with Haitian President Rene Preval and presidential candidates as the outcome of Haiti’s election remains undecided and the effort to rebuild after last year’s earthquake is drawing criticism.
The Organization of American States urged Preval’s ruling party presidential candidate Jude Celestin to withdraw from the runoff race after a recount showed him finishing behind Mirlande Manigat, a former first lady, and Haitian pop-singer Michel Martelly. Clinton is scheduled to meet with all three candidates.
Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier returned Jan. 16 after 25 years in exile. Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted in a 2004 rebellion, is also seeking to return after six years of exile in South Africa.