Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace of Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Reuters
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace of Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Reuters

Haiti should set a date for elections, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, more than a week after Haiti’s president began ruling by decree.

Pompeo did not specify which elections he was referring to, but Haiti failed to hold scheduled legislative elections last year.

“We need to have the elections. That is important,” Pompeo said in an interview with the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. “Once those elections will be held, there’ll be a duly elected government. We won’t have to be concerned about ruling by decree.”

The U.S. State Department provided a transcript of Pompeo’s interview with the newspapers.

Pompeo said he voiced concerns about the political situation with his Haitian counterpart in a meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday.

The Haitian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Continue reading

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