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Biden Administration Voices Opposition To Haiti’s Constitutional Referendum

Rebecca Blackwell
A Haitian holds up a copy of the country's 1987 Constitution, which President Jovenel Moise hopes to reform in an April referendum.

After months of refusing to say whether it supports Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s push to submit a new draft of Haiti’s constitution to a popular vote, the Biden administration has publicly voiced its opposition, saying it should not take place.

“That is the position of our government; we’re making that position known,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week during a virtual hearing in which he was asked about Haiti while seeking congressional support for President Joe Biden’s $58.5 billion budget for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Blinken’s comments signal a policy shift on Haiti by the Biden administration, which has been under mounting pressure by members of Congress and Haitian-American voters to drop support for Moïse and change course on Haiti as the country’s turmoil deepens amid rising violence by heavily armed groups and a protracted political and constitutional crisis.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.