May 3, 2012
May 03

REVISED: Statement by President Bill Clinton on the Current Political Situation in Haiti

New York, NY

I call on the Haitian Parliament and the Martelly administration to expedite the ratification process of the Prime Minister, and establish a functional government within the week.

I believe that the Haitian people deserve better from their leaders. The current political crisis disrupted progress towards a more prosperous Haiti for too long. While I am pleased by much of what has been achieved since President Martelly took office, Haiti’s rebuilding efforts have been delayed far too many times. Haiti must have a government with strong and transparent leadership working alongside a parliament that understands its economic, political and social challenges.

Haiti’s leaders have a responsibility to put the Haitian people first, above political differences and self interests, and to show the world that Haiti is on the right path to ensure democracy, and the rule of law, fight corruption, and restore confidence in the Haitian institutions so that donor funds can flow again and attract new investment. I stand ready to continue to assist President Martelly, Prime Minister Designate Lamothe, the parliament and Haiti\'s friends in the international community to achieve this provided Haiti’s leaders act now in the best interests of the Haitian people.

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