Biden Administration Voices Opposition To Haiti’s Constitutional 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.
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