State Department spokesman John Kirby announced at a news briefing that the United States informed Haiti on July 1 that the U.S. “has suspended its assistance toward the completion of the presidential electoral process.” Kirby stressed that this suspension of assistance does not mean a “reduction in U.S. support for the development of Haiti,” but rather that the U.S. government “did not plan funding for two more electoral rounds in 2016 and 2017” and cannot continue to provide financial support. This U.S. decision comes in the midst of political uncertainty. A month ago, Haiti announced that there would be new presidential elections in October due to widespread fraud that marred last year’s election results. And parliament continues to deliberate on whether to prolong interim President Jocelerme Privert until elections are completed early next year.
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