U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to Haiti, where he plans to spend the day on Wednesday urging dialogue between the country’s embattled president and opposition parties calling for his resignation.
The Florida Republican senator is visiting as chairman of the Senate’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee, said Laura Ortiz, who handles foreign policy press inquiries and Hispanic media outreach for the senator’s office.
“The goal is to urge for dialogue,” she said. “The U.S. obviously is continuing to call on the actors to engage in dialogue and that’s the message.”
Rubio’s visit to Port-au-Prince comes as Haiti undergoes its own economic and political crisis. On Monday, lawmakers in the Lower Chamber of Deputies fired Prime Minister Jean Henry Céantand his 21-member government after only six months in office, citing Céant’s inability to improve the living conditions of Haitians, who are facing frequent blackouts amid fuel shortages, skyrocketing prices, double digit inflation and an $89.6 million budget deficit. Continue reading