Clinton’s Statement on the Political Situation in Haiti
Some people are having trouble finding Bill Clinton’s statement calling for the quick ratification of Haiti’s new prime minister, which came hours before the new prime minister was ratified. So I’ve pasted the text below.
The new prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, is an old friend of President Martelly who set aside his business providing telecom services to African governments to join the interim reconstruction panel after the 2011 election. Martelly later put him in his cabinet, then nominated him to replace previous Prime Minister Garry Conille after the latter abruptly resigned in February.
Clinton has a lot of potential roles to play in this story: He was the co-chair of the reconstruction panel (along with the prime minister) that Lamothe joined; and the ex-PM, Conille, had been his former chief of staff at the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti. Whether his call to “establish a functional government within the week” (see below) helped speed the process along, reflected an outcome he knew was coming or was totally coincidental is a matter for debate. Feel free to have it in the comments below.
Here’s the text:
REVISED: Statement by President Bill Clinton on the Current Political Situation in HaitiMay 03, 2012 | New York, NY | Bill Clinton | Statements
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.