WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D- Westchester/Rockland) using the sixth anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake as a focal point, said Tuesday that a political crisis is the last thing the struggling country needs.
Lowey said the political quagmire surrounding its presidential runoff and second round of legislative elections is distracting Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, from its attempts to recover from the disaster which killed more than 100,000 people.
Lowey, the ranking member of the House of Representatives' State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, said she was “deeply committed” to the relationship between Haiti and the United States.
And that commitment, she said, means supporting Haiti’s economic development, democratic governance, and, most importantly, “the promotion of human rights on the island.”
According to media reports, the election, originally set for Dec. 27, was postponed amid allegations of voter fraud, among other things.
Reset for Jan. 24, it would be held only weeks before the new leader is to be sworn in. Oddsmakers are giving it an only even chance of being held by that time, according to media reports.
Saying she was proud to represent Haitian-Americans in Westchester and Rockland, Lowey called for “free, fair, and transparent elections.”
“The current political impasse serves no one,” Lowey said. “Haiti’s leaders and its people must work together to complete the electoral process and ensure a peaceful transfer of power next month.”
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