U.S. behind fraudulent election in Haiti
Published Apr 19, 2009 9:10 PM
The U.S. government has a new strategy to stop Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his
Fanmi Lavalas party from winning elections in Haiti.
Keeping Aristide in exile and Fanmi Lavalas off the ballot in Haiti is easier
than arranging another coup, like the two Washington administrations previously
pulled off against Aristide.
Of course, the U.S. foreign policy operatives will never admit that this is
U.S. policy. Even though it was U.S. security agents that forced President
Aristide onto a U.S. plane on Feb. 29, 2004, and flew him to Africa.
Washington most certainly would disclaim having anything to do with the
decisions of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) that denied Fanmi Lavalas,
one of the major and most popular parties in Haiti, a chance to present
candidates for the 12 vacant seats in the Haitian senate in elections whose
first round is scheduled for April 19.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, in his statement on Haiti April 6
to the Security Council, insisted “on the necessity of holding free and
fair elections, open to all, as part of the political stabilization of the
country.” An African nonpermanent member of the Security Council
expressed the hope that Fanmi Lavalas would participate in future
The U.N. is going to spend $16 million on the April 19 election–a vast
sum for Haiti.
When Aristide’s second government did not count the votes in a senatorial
election the way the U.S. thought they should be counted, the U.S. press echoed
and re-echoed the State Department’s denunciation. It became one of the
justifications for the second coup against him.
Fanmi Lavalas is calling for a boycott of the April 19 elections, which
Romestil Melisca, a national coordinator of local Fanmi Lavalas organizations,
characterized as preordained “selections.”
(Haïti-Liberté, April 1-7) Melisca called on every Lavalasian to stay
home and close their doors on April 19. Lavalas has also held a number of large
demonstrations throughout the country demanding the return of Aristide,
defending their right to participate in elections, and pointing to the hunger,
misery and unemployment ravaging Haiti.
Other progressive groups in Haiti are pointing to the substantial technical
difficulties already afflicting these elections. Local CEPs are in “total
disorder” and are not really responding to the tens of thousands of
people who lost their documents in last year’s hurricanes.
(Haïti-Progrès, March 25-31).
While Lavalas intends for Operation Closed Door to be peaceful and legal, the
Haitian Press Network carried reports April 8 that indicate the government is
preparing to blame a low turnout on April 19 on the threat of violence. Some
past election boycotts in Haiti have been extremely successful.
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